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Taylor Swift surprises fan with video call and charity gift

Taylor Swift surprised a fan with an impromptu video call and a hefty donation to his charity dance marathon.

Taylor devotee Igor Lekontsev, who is a student at the University of Connecticut (UConn) was shocked when the singer contacted him via Apple's FaceTime app.

"I literally had no idea about her contacting me until she did it," he told the university's student newspaper The Daily Campus. "I couldn't have prepared for this two months ago."

According to Igor, the Blank Space singer became aware of his involvement with UConn's HuskyTHON dance event, organised to help raise money for a local children's medical centre, from his page on social networking site Tumblr.

After a discussion about her music the pop superstar offered to make a donation to the event, held at the university last weekend. Later organisers received a donation under the name Taylor Swift for $1,989. 1989 is the name of Taylor's current album. HuskyTHON organisers are hoping to raise $700,000 in total.

The donation isn't Taylor's only recent act of generosity; she also recently donated $250,000 to fellow musician Kesha, who lost a court battle on Friday requesting record company Sony Music release her from her contract.

The Tik Tok singer alleges bosses attempted to force her to work with producer Dr. Luke whom she accuses of sexual abuse, and that the label won't promote her music unless she does work with the music maker.

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