Stephen Hawking movie helps MND fundraising at St Albans cinema

MND collection at The Odyssey

MND collection at The Odyssey - Credit: Archant

More than £5,000 has been donated to a charity by cinema-goers in St Albans – the largest collection nationwide at a showing of The Theory of Everything.

South Herts Motor Neurone Disease Association recently collected at The Odyssey Cinema when it was showing the movie which stars Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne.

In it, he portrays famous former St Albans resident Stephen Hawking who was diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease just after his 21st birthday.

Speaking on behalf of the association, Roger Widdecombe said that the total collected at The Odyssey was ‘a substantial’ £5,465.

He added: “This is arguably the largest collection [for the charity] from The Theory of Everything country-wide.”

Roger said that the cinema helped by publicising the fundraiser and making an announcement prior to each showing.

He said: “It’s a great example of local business, local charity and local people all coming together.”