Buddhist group hope Russell will brand their plans worthy of support

Russell Brand and the Dalai Lama on stage at The Manchester Evening News Arena.
Russell Brand and the Dalai Lama on stage at The Manchester Evening News Arena.

A spiritual charity is seeking the backing of a Hollywood A-lister in its quest to transform an historic Scarborough building.

Tibetan Buddhist charity Kagyu Samye Dzong Scarborough are one of the groups looking to take ownership of the Grade II listed Londesborough Lodge, which has lay derelict for years.

Now Ani Tselha, from the charity, has written to superstar comedian Russell Brand to try and get his blessing over its proposals, which would see the Victorian building transformed into an “holistic oasis” in the centre of Scarborough.

The star has links with Buddhism, having recently introduced the Dalai Lama on stage in Manchester, during the spiritual leader’s brief visit to the UK in June.

Ani has been in contact with the comedian’s management and she said getting the support of Brand, who she calls a “fearless warrior”, would prove invaluable to the charity’s campaign.

“He’s amazing. I saw him in Manchester with the Dalai Lama, and if we can get him on board, it would be fantastic,’ she said.

“He’s a fearless spiritual warrior and I’m very moved by him.”

She added that she is also trying to gain the support of local celebrities David Hockney and Sir Alan Ayckbourn.

Previously she has received support from Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill, who called their plans “laudable”.

This development comes after The Scarborough News recently highlighted the charity’s plight, as they seek enlightenment as to why Scarborough Council still have not made a decision on the future of the building - despite the charity making what they feel to be a generous offer for the lodge.

And she said that people have been approaching her to lend their backing, adding: “People have been stopping me in the supermarket and smiling at me, when before they may have turned the other way.”