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Russell Brand donates Trew Era Cafe to charity for former prisoners and addicts

Brand is the partron of the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust Credit: PA

Comedian Russell Brand is donating a not-for-profit cafe he opened last year to a charity which supports ex-prisoners and those struggling with addiction.

Brand joked that he hoped his donation to the charity RAPt, the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust, of which Brand is patron, would secure him a "cushy job in the library" if he ever ended up in jail.

"I'm donating this cafe to RAPt - a great charity that helps prisoners stay clean," he said.

"If I ever get sent down I hope this'll mean I get a cushy job in the library."

RAPt described the donation as a "wonderful opportunity" for them to boost their work.

Brand launched the Trew Era Cafe more than a year ago, calling it as a "fully self-supporting, new economic enterprise".

The cafe sits on the New Era estate in Hoxton, east London, and its name fuses that of the estate and Brand's YouTube show, The Trews.

The cafe will become one of RAPt's so-called recovery enterprises, which are staffed and managed by recovering addicts.

David Bernstein, RAPt Chairman of Trustees, said: "This is a wonderful opportunity for RAPt to further strengthen our employment and enterprise activities for ex-offenders and recovering addicts.

"We're enormously grateful to Russell for his generosity in donating the cafe."