EastEnders fans celebrate Ben and Callum's wedding by raising charity money

In last night’s (May 11) episode of EastEnders, Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Callum Highway (Tony Clay) finally got married.

The lead up to the wedding was a rocky ride for Ballum but eventually Ben arrived at the venue ready to marry the love of his life.

Ballum’s love story and their big day has inspired fans to raise money for the LGBT+ charity Just Like Us to celebrate the couple.

Jenn – a huge EastEnders fan – set up the JustGiving page and has already seen other viewers donate, bringing them closer to the £1,500 goal.

The description of the fundraiser reads: ‘Ben and Callum’s story and wedding is important because it gives the opportunity for young people to see LGBT+ characters, living full and rounded lives full of love (and the typical soap opera drama!), and to say “these people are just like me”.’

‘This is why, to celebrate their wedding episodes, the Ballum fandom has decided to raise money for Just Like Us.

Just Like Us is a charity for young LGBT+ people, aiming to tackle the fact that growing up LGBT+ is still unacceptably tough.’

‘They are also far less likely to say they feel safe in school (58% of LGBT+ young people feel safe in schools, versus 73% of their non-LGBT+ peers) and one in four (25%) is facing daily tension at home’ Dominic added.

‘We’re hoping to change this through School Diversity Week in June as well as our school talks by our volunteer ambassadors, showing young people that it’s OK to be LGBT+.’

You can donate to the Ben and Callum fundraiser here.

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