West Norfolk charity praises students

Red Wellies Vancouver photo Kai Van-Tuinen and Annabel Owen. ANL-160203-175324001

Red Wellies Vancouver photo Kai Van-Tuinen and Annabel Owen. ANL-160203-175324001

West Norfolk cancer charity Red Wellies has praised NCS staff and students at the College of West Anglia for their ongoing support.

In the latest February wave of National Citizenship Service, the college raised £306 for Red Wellis, which funds research into Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), the most deadly form of primary brain tumour.

Team Squad Attack, led by NCS recruitment officer Jack Hayes, set out to raise awareness of the charity which was set up in memory of Lisa Wiles who lost her life to GBM.

The team gathered in the Vancouver Quarter over half term and collected donations from the public. To help grab the public’s attention, the team continuously skipped for two and a half hours to help draw attention to their bucket collections.

As a separate project, the team also helped with decorating and gardening at the West Norfolk MIND Shop, giving the garden a spring clean and a fresh lick of paint.

Mervyn Wiles sent his sincere thanks on behalf of the Red Wellies Trustees. He said: “I am extremely grateful and impressed by the students and NCS staff for their contributions to Red Wellies.

“They have been so enthusiastic to help and get involved with fundraising and I was touched by their level of compassion to the cause; it was simply overwhelming.

“It’s always an honour to celebrate their successes at the NCS graduation ceremonies and hopefully we will continue to work with more cohorts in the future.”

Jack Hayes, NCS recruitment officer at CWA, said: “It’s great to see the team working so well together. They met Mervyn Wiles at a career’s fair organised as a part of NCS.

“The team decided there and then that they wanted to do something to help raise funds for Red Wellies.

“They always work hard so it’s great to get the recognition for their efforts.”

The next NCS wave (the Easter wave) starts on Saturday 2 April, 2016.

To find out more visit cwa.ac.uk/open-to-the-public/national-citizen-service/.