A consultant neurosurgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital led a West Norfolk seminar on brain tumour research, organised by a local charity, on Monday.
Stephen Price and a group of his colleagues from the Cambridge hospital gave a three-hour visual presentation on their work for the benefit of health professionals from Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and local GP surgeries at the Sandboy pub in Bawsey.
But Mervyn Wiles, treasurer of Red Wellies – The Lisa Wiles Brain Tumour Support Fund which organised the event, said the turnout of about 30 people was disappointing considering the large number of letters and posters sent out in advance.
A buffet was put on for those attending and donations on the day raised £80 for the charity. A further £60 came from Sandboy landlord Paul Lusher from a collection on the pub bar.
Meanwhile, actress Caroline Quentin, who is currently presenting a television series on Cornwall, has agreed to become the Red Wellies’ patron. She said: “Until I was contacted by Red Wellies I had no idea that brain tumour research is so desperately underfunded and so little understood.”
Tomorrow, a Red Wellies fundraising golf day is being held at Heacham Manor golf course, organised by Paul and Mandy Fisher. It will end with a meal in the hotel, a raffle and auction of prized items.