MORE than £115,000 has been raised for charity in memory of a Worcestershire fruit farmer who died from a brain tumour.

Colin Broomfield, aged 52,  who ran Broomfield's Farm Shop at Holt Heath, died in February 2020, nearly two years after being diagnosed with a terminal glioblastoma brain tumour.

Since his death, friends and family have been raising money as part of "Team Colin" for the Giles Trust Brain Tumour Fund, which was founded in 2015 by former England cricketer Ashley Giles and his wife Stine following her multiple battles with cancer.

The campaign will be closed next month on the second anniversary of his death, so Team Colin is calling for one last push to raise vital funds for the charity.

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 fundraising and 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 is the amount the charity would have raised at the Giles Trust Gala Dinner which had to be cancelled due to lockdown.”

Fundraising is being encouraged until the end of February in all forms, including social and sporting events - or donations at:

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."

Mr Allchurch added: “Colin was a charismatic kind and loving man and this fundraising 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.

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