£115k raised for The Giles Trust brain tumour charity in memory of Holt Heath fruit farmer Colin Broomfield - The Worcester Observer

£115k raised for The Giles Trust brain tumour charity in memory of Holt Heath fruit farmer Colin Broomfield

Worcester Editorial 8th Jan, 2022   0

FUND-RAISERS have amassed more than £115k in memory of their friend and Worcestershire fruit farmer Colin Broomfield.

Owner of Broomfield’s Farm in Holt Heath, Colin died in February 2020, aged 52 – almost two years after being diagnosed with a terminal Glioblastoma brain tumour.

The cash raised will support a brain tumour charity established by England cricketer Ashley Giles and his wife Stine who are from Droitwich.

Members of ‘Team Colin’ are appealing for final donations for The Giles Trust Brain Tumour Fund before closing the campaign next month which marks the second anniversary of his death.

The Giles Trust Brain Tumour Fund was founded in 2015 by former England cricketer and now England’s Director of Cricket, Ashley Giles MBE, and his wife Stine following her own multiple battles with the disease.

In the first year of fund-raising for The Giles Trust, Team Colin has exceeded its original £70,000 target to make up for cash lost due to the pandemic.

A close friend of Colin’s for more than 40 years, Ivor Allchurch, said: “Myself and another close friend of Colin’s, Jim Weston, got talking after the funeral about doing some fund-raising.

“Colin’s wife Fiona said she would like it to benefit The Giles Trust because they knew Ashley and Stine Giles from Bromsgrove School and Stine had been helpful in supporting and giving her advice.

“The original £70,000 target was set because that was the amount the charity would have raised at the Giles Trust Gala Dinner which had to be cancelled due to lockdown.”

Jim Weston’s Broom Wagon Wobblers raised more than half of the total so far by cycling 350km off-road along King Alfred Way in May last year.

Jim said: “The Wobblers just needed a good excuse to get fitter and what was going to be four of us turned into 14.

“It was a good way to remember Colin, has given us all some great muddy memories and raised some funds towards the great work that the Giles’ Trust do.

“Colin was one of the good guys, great fun and a true friend. He was fit and healthy until he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.”

Other support included £10k from a fund-raising dinner hosted by The Fine Fourteen – a group of Worcestershire businessmen and digital support from Steve Thomas – another friend of Colin’s.

Ivor added: “Colin was a charismatic kind and loving man and this fund-raising is also our way of celebrating his life.

“Despite Colin having received fantastic treatment and fighting extremely hard, there’s still a long way to go in advancing the treatment of this disease and raising awareness.”

Fiona has kept the business going during a very challenging time but two years later it continues successfully and is greatly supported by the local community.

“Colin would be incredibly proud of what Fiona’s done and of his son Joe and daughter Chloe for the way they’ve coped,” added Ivor.

People are being urged to raise funds however they want and can donate them to justgiving.com/team/colinbroomfield

The Giles Trust

In 2006, Ashley Giles rushed back from Australia, where he had been part of the Ashes team, to be with his wife, Stine, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

It was removed successfully, but the family were devastated to learn in 2012 more tumours had developed.

In 2018, Stine was diagnosed with another tumour that required immediate treatment – and thanks to the world-class experts at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital her outcome was positive.

Stine became one of the first people in the country to be treated with the TomoTherapy machine, which had been purchased by the QEHB Charity jusst weeks before.

Without that she had few treatment options.

Experiencing first-hand how important research and cutting-edge equipment was, Stine vowed that if her treatment was successful and her prognosis was good, she would endeavour to raise funds for brain tumour research.

Since then it has raised more than £800,000, some of which has funded a full-time research nurse post which is helping transform clinical research in neuro-oncology at the University Hospitals Birmingham.

As a charity the Trust operates in the medical research sector, working closely with frontline specialists, consultants, and clinicians.

This helps them to target their funding to where it is needed most, including a pioneering surgical navigation system which is translating into improved patient outcomes and more rapid recovery times.

Dr Sara Meade. Oncology Consultant at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where Colin was treated, said: “The impact from the Giles’ Trust has been incredible. The contribution from the charity has significantly impacted on the delivery of the highest standard of care in this patient group.

“The benefits of the Giles’ Trust donations have been felt by patients and staff.”

Visit gilestrust.org for more on The Giles Trust.

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