West Norfolk brain tumour charity to fund £50k Cambridge hospital laboratory

Brain tumour sufferer Lisa Wiles at home in Water Lane. ENGANL00120110407131239
Brain tumour sufferer Lisa Wiles at home in Water Lane. ENGANL00120110407131239

Red Wellies, the West Norfolk charity set up to fight brain tumours, has made its first big donation with £50,000 set to go to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

The money, due to be handed over next spring, will be used to fund equipment in a new laboratory at the hospital in Cambridge.

An application has been made to the charity from Addenbrooke’s for the money to buy four vital pieces of research equipment.

The new laboratory will be named in honour of Lisa Wiles, the Blackborough End mother-of-three, after whom the charity is named – the Lisa Wiles Red Wellies Brain Tumour Support Fund.

Lisa lost her fight with a grade 4 brain tumour in 2011. Lisa’s courageous battle and her will to help others is what inspired family and friends to start the charity.

Lisa’s father Mervyn Wiles, who is treasurer of the charity, said: “We at Red Wellies are so pleased to be able to make this donation.

“It will be fantastic to see a laboratory set up in our precious daughter’s name. This is a giant step forward in our mission.

“Everyone on the charity would like to thank everyone who has made this possible through donations and support.”

n Red Wellies has relaunched their website with a new look, new content and even a new domain name.

Trustees decided to update the website so it could include more information about the charity and upcoming events.

Two of Lisa’s children, Zach and Shannen Wiles Van Dyke, worked with Sound Wave Marketing Ltd to create the new site, which includes links to help lines, a blog and advice on how to fundraise for the charity.

Mervyn Wiles said: “We are very pleased with how it all looks. Lisa’s daughter wrote all of the content and her son was involved in the whole process, so it has a very personal feel.

“We’d like to thank Glen and Anna at Sound Waves for all of their help and hard work and we hope everyone enjoys it.”

To see the new website go to www.redwellies.org.uk