Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A brain tumour charity established in memory of a West Norfolk mum-of-three has received its largest donation to date from Barclays.
The King’s Lynn branch raised £4,500 for Red Wellies, The Lisa Wiles Brain Tumour Support Fund, with a fund-raising ball and auction organised by staff.
Barclays agreed to match the money raised at the event and around 800 Red Wellies pin badges were also sold, bringing the grand total to more than £10,000.
Lisa’s family launched the charity in February to help people diagnosed with the same form of aggressive cancer she battled before her death last year.
The 43-year-old, of Blackborough End, was first diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in August 2010 after suffering headaches.
Surgery to remove the tumour was successful, but a second, inoperable tumour was found during a scan in July last year and Lisa began to rapidly decline, losing her speech and mobility.
She died on October 13 last year, leaving her children, Zachary, 20; Shannen, 19; and Cameron, 15; and her partner, Simon.
Lisa’s father Mervyn was a long-standing customer at the bank and, tasked with handling his daughter’s financial affairs, he was touched by the support he initially received from personal banker Jason Stock and assistant manager Sam North.
Once the fund was established, the branch chose it as their charity of the year and had the Red Wellies badges specially designed and made.
Personal banker Lianne Coupland organised the ball and a charity auction with the help of colleagues and more than 130 people attended the event last month.
Branch manager Viv John said: “Customers are very interested in the charity and like the fact it’s local. Some made one-off donations and local businesses also supported us, providing some fantastic prizes.”
Mr Wiles and Lisa’s mother, Rosalie, were also presented with a pair of engraved, ornamental red wellingtons at the ball.
“It was very emotional,” Mr Wiles said. “Everyone at the bank has been amazing. When I come in it’s more like visiting friends than business associates.
“Since our launch we have raised more than £20,000 and we are thrilled by the donation.”
Next year the Lynn Barclays branch will be supporting the Macmillan Centre at the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the radiology department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
A charity golf day and a special talk by Lisa’s surgeon are planned for next year. Visit www.redwellies.info.