Myra's represents The Brothers Trust on the Spider-Man Far From Home junket.

The Spider-Man Far From Home press junket in London was timely with an announcement we can make about an exciting new venture for us that - The Brothers Trust merchandise is finally approved and we are almost ready to launch.

And Tom was able to wear our first Brothers Trust tee-shirt when being interviewed by Myra Ali. As you will see in this video, Myra has EB - and so this is the perfect way to launch this initiative since all the proceeds it generates will go to Debra - the charity charged with combatting EB. Just raising awareness about EB and Debra is a worthwhile exercise and expertly done by Myra. https://www.debra.org.uk/

Doubly exciting about this new venture is that we are able to complete a funding circle.

The John Foundation in India is a charity we have mentioned on our website previously. Established by a doctor and his wife in Hyderabad, India. https://thejohnfoundation.org/

The Brothers Trust awarded the John Foundation $30,000 to build a new refuge home in India to house and train young women and children from dreadful circumstances and poverty; to offer them security, love and most importantly vital training to become self sufficient and independent again. This included mastering over-locking machines used in the textile industry.

Our Brothers Trust tee-shirts will be manufactured in Hyderabad, in a factory who employs graduates of the John Foundation, so that they can generate an income for themselves and any profits that we generate will be given to Debra.

This arrangement has taken some considerable time and effort with various designs and to’ing and fro’ing with communications and samples with India. Our thanks to @bentallon for his design and for Tim Morris, a family friend who has visited The John Foundation and first brought them to our attention.

The tee-shirts should be available in the next six weeks. At this stage, it is likely that they will be sold via our website but if logistics allow, they might be available also via the network of Debra shops.

This was a very special day for Myra and for Tom. Myra would like to work in journalism and seeing how well she performed in this video augurs well. Myra is active on social media (distraction is the most potent method of enduring the pain associated with EB) and so any follows and/or mentions of Myra will be most welcome - she is easily found on instagram, @myraaliedit

There are no short straws...

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In 2010, I visited New York with Tom because he had been cast in a film called, The Impossible – and the story of Eclipsed was already fully formed in my mind whatever happened to my eldest son from here-on-in.

As well as meeting the director and his co-stars, Ewan MacGregor and Naomi Watts (I definitely wouldn’t have used the word “co-stars” at this time because it would have implied that Tom was also a star!) – the highlight of the trip was a visit to the Empire State – the proudest building in this World City and its vaunted skyline. At the top, we looked over Central Park  and the city which is a backdrop to so much modern culture including a certain friendly neighbourhood spider-man.

And so it feels complete and also completely surreal that yesterday, this very building was lit up in the colours of Spider-Man, ahead of the release of Spider-Man, Far From Home and that Tom was there as the super-hero himself.

And that The Brothers Trust should be featured also so prominently in this venture is heartening.  A charity that we established only a few years ago to create some publicity for charities who struggle to be heard, not to mention to raise funds which combined helps to keep the feet of the Holland boys firmly grounded and on planet earth.

Last week in London, The Brothers Trust via Tom’s publicists, managed to get Myra Ali on to press junket of Spider-Man Far From Home.

Nikki and Myra  prepping for interviews

Nikki and Myra prepping for interviews

Myra has EB – a pernicious skin disease which in many cases is fatal and in every case is bloody arresting. Myra wants to be a journalist and interviewing Tom, Samuel L Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya et al was a thrill for her. She was nervous on the day but did magnificently. Although she is in constant pain, she is as brave as a lion and like James Dunn before her, she will shine a light on a disease that deserves much broader recognition and support. Debra is the charity charged with this onerous role and anyone reading this who might be looking for a cause to support, a quick visit to www.Debra.org.uk and your search will be over. Myra can be found on Instagram @myraaliedit and I am sure she would welcome any of you kind enough to follow her.

And to complete this short post – this morning I took Nikki and Sam to the airport, bound for America and a certain premiere.

This is not just a jolly. Nikki has to be there to host the two winners of our most recent competition – to fly to America to meet Tom and attend the premiere. A sincere thanks to everyone who took part because over $500,000 has been raised, all of which will go to people like Myra and many others.

I, meanwhile am staying put in less glamorous London with Paddy because he has school – a short straw if ever there was one – but no complaints from me.

Meeting people like Myra and hearing news of my friend Paul Sinha’s diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease are chastening reminders, that we all complain too easily and count our blessings too infrequently.




Shining a light on The Brothers Trust

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Very grateful to The Empire State Building for helping to shine a light on The Brothers Trust today. Many years ago , Dom and I were lucky enough to visit this iconic and beautiful building and could never have known at this time what lay ahead for us. We are so fortunate as a family and proud that with the support of Tom’s fans, we are able to establish The Brothers Trust. The Empire State is a world landmark and indeed is now a landmark for our young charity also.

And the Winner is...

The big news is that our latest campaign has ended and is our biggest so far, raising $541,000 – with our lucky winner being Kearan Nelson who has been informed and flights have already been booked. 

Rest assured that the funds you have raised for us are going to be a huge tonic to many great causes around the world. Everyone at The Brothers Trust would like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who contributed (or shared news of our campaign).  Many of you have been contacting us via our website and other platforms to explain various fundraising ventures which are all heartening to learn about. 

Tom is about to head to China on the latest leg of Spider-Man Far From Home press tour – and with this in mind it is nice to make mention of a fans campaign via Weibo who have been donating to TBT for two years with a total of £11,373. This was kindly brought to our attention by a fan in South Korea (@tomholland_Korea) – a great demonstration of how global and unifying are our supporters.  

Over the next few months, we are excited to share news of grants that we can make with the funds you have raised. 

Tom, Sam, Harry and Paddy are very grateful to you all.