Charity Red Wellies says ‘thank you’ to National Citizen Service after £2,500 donation

Alison Cromarty, Amber Doy, Mervyn Wiles and Callum Carpenter.

Alison Cromarty, Amber Doy, Mervyn Wiles and Callum Carpenter. - Credit: Archant

Local charity Red Wellies has said a big ‘thank you’ to the National Citizen Service for their recent fundraising efforts.

The Lisa Wiles Red Wellies Brain Tumour Support Fund is a charity dedicated to raising funds for the ongoing research of Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), the most deadly form of primary brain tumour.

The charity was formed in 2012 in memory of Lisa Wiles, a 43-year-old mother of three who died after a 14 month battle with GBM.

Mervyn Wiles, Lisa’s father, runs the charity along with family and friends in his daughter’s memory. He has been working with the NCS team based at the College of West Anglia since 2013 and says the team have donated more than £2,500 so far.

Mr Wiles visited the college on Friday November 4 to express his gratitude to the team. He said: “The work that the NCS team does is absolutely marvellous. As well as fundraising, they have made an awareness video for the charity which can be found on YouTube and have given hours and hours to helping our cause.”

The charity has been fundraising to help fund the opening of a new brain tumour research laboratory at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, set to open on Friday November 11.

Amber Doy, NCS community officer, said: “Students organise these fundraisers themselves and are very passionate about doing so, which is what makes this so special. Mervyn has attended every NCS graduation since getting involved with the college and it’s clear that the students really value what Red Wellies is doing.”

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