OUR SEVENTH EVENT
July 21, 2019 Creating Some Special Memories...
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, his brothers and The Brothers Trust.
Our most recent campaign raised over $500,000 – all of which will be granted to great causes and reported on this 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, 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. Hosting our guests was a privilege for Tom and for us all and because it is your support that allows our charity to thrive, this morning is for all of you also.
Our fifth event
6th May 2018 Private Avengers Infinity War screening with Tom
A little along the experience curve already, our latest event was the most successful to date. It was a private screening of Avengers Infinity War and it helps that the film has enjoyed the biggest opening in cinema history and that Tom is now much better established in his role within the MCU.
The theatre was packed with people who had travelled from all over the world. Across the buy it nows, raffle tickets, selfies and poster sales, the event raised over £50,000, all of which will now be distributed to worthy causes both here in the UK and abroad.
The day was great fun. The sun shone brightly and the only absence was Sam and Harry who are in Australia on their year off. Year off from what, I have asked?
As ever, thank you to everyone who attended and took part. People who won raffle tickets but were unable to attend will have received signed posters by now and we hope they are some consolation for not living close enough to the UK. We have big plans and hopes for our trust; for further such events, big and small and (eventually, such screenings in territories outside the UK) and we hope to offer Brothers Trust Merchandise at some point too.
our fouth event
3rd September 2018 A behind the scenes tour of Tom’s filmset
Thanks SO much to everyone who donated and took part in our biggest event to date. The amount raised was completely amazing and we are very grateful; as will be the people that we can now help.
We were lucky to have a lovely winner - Eric Wyant from Seattle in Washington, USA. Eric flew in on 1st September, on the red-eye and sore-back, landing at 6.30am. A Limo met him at Heathrow and whisked him to the world famous Savoy hotel, in central London. Nikki and a couple of other BT helpers were on-hand to greet Eric. The hotel generously provided Eric with a suite which was very kind of them and very welcome after such a long journey.
Our plan was to let Eric sightsee for the rest of the day (or sleep) and then then to be collected the following day for the set visit and the meeting with Tom...
But then everything changed with a frantic phone call from Tom. His schedule had been changed and he was suddenly no longer filming the next day. Eric’s sleep would need to wait if he wanted to see Tom on set and hear the word ‘action.’
It was all very frantic. A taxi was hailed and we were on our way across town to the Warner Bros film studios. Marvel execs hovered nervously and clutched non-disclosure agreements which we all needed to sign, even Nikki! Eric met with Tom but the filming that was too secret for any of us to see - a wonder that they ever trust Tom!
Because of this, Tom invited Eric back to set two days later when he did get to see some filming and have lunch in his trailer which was probably not as good as The Savoy, but I guess, more exciting?
Eric will have to wait until the movie is released before he's given the pics that were taken of him with Tom on the set... but in the meantime, here are a few snaps of Eric in London.
Eric, you were a delight to host. Thank you for making the trip and once again, to all the people who support The Brothers Trust.
Below are a few words from Eric:
Our third event
February 2018 The first Spider-Man Homecoming figurine
At a comic-con in Arizona, Tom was given one of the very first Hot Toys Peter Parker/Spider-Man figurine with Tom's face and features. It really is a work of art with suit and costume changes and even included the yellow school jacket from the movie. Tom signed the plinth which was authenticated with a copyright sticker and since Tom has not signed any further figurines, it remains the only signed one in the world. It was raffled with people from across the world buying tickets - with a draw live on Instagram. Runners up won signed and dedicated photos of Tom - and the figurine was awarded to the outright winner in Poland.
Our second event
December 2017 A limited edition portrait of Tom
At the launch of our charity, we met James Dunn, who had made the trip down from Liverpool with his mum, Lesley and his dad, Kenny. James has a life limiting strain of the disease EB. As well as morphine which he uses every 2 hours, James uses distraction to deal with his constant pain. Since his great passion is photography, Nikki came up with the idea of James doing a photo shoot with Tom. We made a print run of 195 photos which were authenticated with stickers and certificates and each signed by Tom. Tom and James appeared on national TV to publicise the sale and we managed to raise £42,000, all of which went to James's appeal. #fightEB
Our First Event
The Brothers Trust was launched in July 2017 with a private screening of Spider-Man, Homecoming with Tom, his brothers and 120 lucky winners who came to London from all over the world, including USA, China and even Australia. They got a chance to meet Tom, hear a Q&A and enjoy the film of course.