BLACKBOROUGH END: Caroline Quentin may become Red Wellies’ patron

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Actress Caroline Quentin, best known for her television roles as Dorothy in Men Behaving Badly and Maddy Magellan in Jonathan Creek, has offered to help a West Norfolk-based charity.

Caroline, contacted Hayley Spano, chairman of Red Wellies – The Lisa Wiles Brain Tumour Support Fund– saying that she would like to help the charity in whatever way she could.

Mrs Spano has suggested to the 52-year-old comedienne that she becomes a patron of the charity, named after a 43-year-old Blackborough End mother-of-three who lost her battle against an aggressive brain tumour in October 2011.

In its first year, Red Wellies has raised around £22,000 through fundraising and donations, largely helped by £10,000-plus from Barclays Bank staff in Lynn who chose it as their charity of the year and held a ball and auction at South Runcton in November.

Recent donations included £590 from mother-of-four Margaret Smith, from the Wellingborough area, who had a sponsored head shave after a cancer scare, about £40 from sales of sweets by West Norfolk woman Linda Hanks and £100 from a collection at Asda in Swaffham by the Wiles family.

Taking part in the Christmas tree festival at Middleton church raised £37, while Donna Medhurst held a collection at The Fenman pub in Lynn which brought in £60 and the Ancient Order of Foresters friendly society gave the charity a cheque for £250.

Red Wellies is looking for a main sponsor, or sponsors, for this year and anyone interested can contact treasurer Mervyn Wiles on 07706 761099.

 

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