One of Alan Rickman’s final projects, a video created by university students to raise money for refugees, has reached over one million views.
In November last year, Rickman lent his distinctive voice to a group of Oxford University students, narrating a video of a tortoise eating a strawberry to raise money for Save the Children and the Refugee Council.
The YouTube video has been viewed more than one million times, almost doubling in the past 24 hours.
The British actor, famous for his roles in Die Hard and the Harry Potter films, died last week at the age of 69.
An outpouring of affection from his fans and peers drew attention to Rickman’s versatility as an actor, and his disarming voice, which saw him take on numerous voice-over roles.
Rickman used his voice-over talents to explain the simple charity venture.
“We’re trying to make a viral video to help refugees. We’re slowly gathering views as this tortoise munches away,” Rickman says during the video.
“The more views the video gets, the more advertising revenue YouTube will give us.”
The organisation behind the video, OneClickGiving, was founded by students at Oxford University.
Through a connection, they were able to get Rickman onboard and steal an hour of his time for the viral project.
Oliver Phillips, OneClickGiving founder, told the BBC Rickman was kind and generous.
“He could not have been more kind and generous, letting us in, welcoming us, asking us how university was going, he was really great throughout,” Mr Phillips said.
The organisation was established as a simple way of donating to charity.