This is a blog I wrote today for The Brothers Trust website – which I thought to share here also in-line with advice gleaned from my sporadic bursts at becoming more on-line savvy – which is at best, plodding…
Like all Marvel films, for the diehard fans, Spider-Man Far From Home is more of an event and a landmark than just another movie. Whole generations of kids can punctuate their childhood with Marvel films and Tom being cast as Spider-Man has allowed The Brothers Trust to flourish– and all down to the support that you have shown to him and his brothers and The Brothers Trust.
The most recent campaign raised over $500,000 – all of which will be granted to great causes and reported on the Brothers Trust site – but as well as this financial aid, it is being able to create indelible memories for some very special children which we are delighted to be able to share with you in this post.
Last Sunday in Battersea, South West London, Arch Light Cinemas very kindly donated their 3 screens at their beautiful boutique theatre for special screenings of Spider-Man Far From Home. The date was inked in Tom’s diary and his ‘people’ were told that it was sacrosanct.
Nikki and her team got busy with who to invite to meet with Tom, watch the film and have a photograph with him. An onerous task because we could have filled the place 10 times over, particularly since we decided to invite deserving children and their families also. The charities that we have supported already, Debra and Momentum quickly allocated their quota. So too, Make a Wish who invited children being treated for life limiting illnesses and some who are in remission.
And bright and early, everyone arrived on time. Some from many miles away, as far as Edinburgh, Scotland and Middlesbrough, Teesside and not even the unexpected downpour could do anything to dampen spirits. Tom and his brothers and the Brothers Trust team were on-hand to welcome everyone and usher them to their seats where posters and goodie bags were waiting for them.
When writing about such an occasion it is difficult not to resort to clichés but to say that the atmosphere was unique and all down to the excitement and the spirit of the children present, many of whom endure unimaginable hardships; heart rending and affirming in equal measure.
Tom has many pressures on his young shoulders. Much is required of him and many people depend on him, including scary studio bosses with their box office expectations from their leading young man. And to borrow a line from Stan Lee himself, Tom has a great responsibility also which was amply demonstrated on Sunday by the joy that he was able to create both on and off screen.
But there are great benefits too of course in being Spider-Man…
And of all the upsides, being able to make a kid suffering with EB to forget their constant pain surely ranks high on the list.
We founded The Brothers Trust for many reasons, including to help Tom remain grounded and normal. Sunday was a great morning then for a small band of children dealt a poor hand in life. And it was a great morning for us also. Being able to hosting our guests on Sunday was a privilege for Tom and for us all and because it is your support that allows our charity to thrive, this event is for all our supporters also.
And thank you also to Sony and Disney – to United Airlines – to M&M’s – FunkoPop and once again, the Arch Light Cinema.
And finally on this Sunday evening to less illustrious matters/careers, namely my own – in the week ahead, amongst other gigs, I am excited to be heading to Manchester for Comic Con and a chat about being Eclipsed – and in just over a week, there is the small matter of publishing I,Gabriel – on which, more blogs (and pleas) to come ahead of P day…