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West Norfolk charity Red Wellies announces its closure

By Lynn News Reporter

A charity which was set up to fund research into the condition which claimed the life of a West Norfolk mother has closed, it has been announced.

Earlier this year, officials of the Lisa Wiles Red Wellies Brain Tumour Support Fund appealed for new trustees to take up senior positions.

But the charity now says it has had to cease operations because of officials’ own health issues and business commitments.

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Lisa’s father Mervyn, who served as the group’s treasurer, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of our kind supporters many of whom have been regular fundraisers.”

The charity was set up seven years ago to help fund research into Glioblastoma Multiforme, from which Lisa died in 2011, aged 43.

Since then, it has raised more than £140,000 and helped to fund new specialist research facilities. In its latest donation, the charity provided almost £13,000.

A laboratory, named in Lisa’s honour, was officially opened at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge almost two years ago.

The facility is just a short walk from the hospital’s operating theatres, which scientists say allows them to analyse multiple tumour samples in a bid to identify elements within them which could be the target of potential treatments.

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