A private screening of the latest Marvel blockbuster raised more than £500 for a hospice.

The showing of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was held at Cineworld in Regents Circus on Friday May 6, and those who attended were asked to make a donation to Thames Hospice via an honesty box, or online. 

The auditorium was packed with people who had been invited by Swindon creative firm GEL Sudios. Its managing director, Graeme Leighfield told them was in support of Thames Hospice's digital marketing manager Hannah Bartle, who is currently trekking the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a cultural route that takes 30 days to walk. The donations from the private screening will go towards helping her reach her fundraising target of £2,000. 

Based in South Marston, the company has worked with Thames Hospice for a number of years. During that time it has built a brand-new website and continues to provide ongoing support for the hospice's fundraising campaigns.

"GEL Studios is all about making a difference, to our clients and our community. It's what drives us each and every day. We're big on relationships, and our processes mean that our clients become more like friends. When we heard about Hannah's trek, we knew we had to help," Graeme said. 

"The whole team at GEL Studios are big Marvel fans. So having the opportunity to see the latest film in the franchise while raising money for a good cause at the same time was the perfect combination for us."

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This is the latest in a line of charitable endaours from the company, as it recently finished building a website for local cause Swindon Sisters Alliance completely free of charge. 

The Community Interest Company that helps victims of domestic abuse and violence was chosen by a panel of notable Swindon figures, including Swindon Town CEO Rob Angus and Swindon 105.5 Radio's Shirley Ludford, to win Gel Studio's search for a worthy cause. 

Graeme added: "We plan to host another private viewing in July when the new Thor film is released and will be raising money for another good cause then too."