Professional cricketer Ashley Giles and his wife Stine launched The Giles’ Trust at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium on 16 October 2015 following their own personal experiences and Kendrick Homes are delighted to be able to offer support to help the charity to grow further and build on the incredible work that they have already done.
Their story started in 2006 when Ashley had to rush back from the Ashes in Australia where he had been part of the England team to be with his wife who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.
After the successful removal of the tumour and further treatment they were both devastated when in 2012 they learned that two more tumours had been discovered which required immediate attention.
Under the care of Professor Cruickshank and his team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the treatment Stine received was so new that she was one of the first people in the UK to go through it.
Without the new treatment there were very few options of treatment left and after experiencing first-hand how important research and new treatments were, Stine promised herself that if everything went well and her prognosis was good that she would endeavour to raise funds to help fund additional brain tumour research in the future.
William Kendrick, Chairman at Kendrick Homes commented, “The evening that launched the charity in 2015 raised an overwhelming £35,000 and was enough to fund both The Giles’ Trust clinical research nurse for twelve months and also help Professor Cruickshank to double the number of patients taking part in brain tumour research at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“I am delighted on behalf of everyone at Kendrick Homes to now be able to support The Giles’ Trust which is such a fantastic charity.
“We have recently donated £10,000 to help with their fantastic research, development of new drugs and treatment that Professor Cruickshank and his team are continuing to achieve in this very specialist field.“
Brain tumour research remains underfunded in comparison to other diseases and illnesses funded by the NHS even though brain tumours are now the most common malignancy and cause of death in children.
Survival rates across all ages are only marginally better now than they were 40 years ago and sadly it has not seen the same kind of medical advances that have been seen with other illnesses, for example with leukaemia and breast cancer.
If you would like to help the charity or learn more about what they do please click the link https://www.qehb.org/gilestrust-research