Garden party to remember local postie who died of brain cancer

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The widow of a Norwich postman who died of brain cancer is hosting a garden party to raise money to help find a cure for the disease. 

Jill Maidment, 63, is hoping for a blooming good turn out as she opens her Wreningham garden for tea and cake this Sunday (14th July) in aid of Brain Tumour Research. 

The green-fingered fundraising event is in memory of Jill’s late-husband and beloved local postie of more than 30 years, Patrick, who died of brain cancer in 2017. 

Jill, a retired biomedical scientist said: “Patrick was never one to turn down a piece of cake and a cup of tea, so this is a very fitting way to remember him whilst raising money for a good cause.” 


Doctors initially thought the father of three had epilepsy after sudden episodes of confusion where he appeared to lose his bearings but following a scan, he was diagnosed with an astrocytoma. Despite surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, Patrick died 18 months later, aged 60.

Having watched her husband “suffer the side effects of such grim treatment”, Jill is keen to help find kinder treatments: “The support of all charities is admirable, but coming from a scientific background, I have seen how research is key in generating knowledge to be able to move forward which is why I am working with Brain Tumour Research.

Guests for the garden party are invited to park at Wreningham Church which is a short walk to the event at Willy’s Croft. The party will run from 10am – 5pm and alongside a delicious light lunch and cakes, there will be garden games and a raffle.

Jill said: “I know Patrick would be proud and even though he isn’t here to enjoy the day, we will spend it celebrating his life whilst creating hope for future brain tumour patients diagnosed with this devastating disease.” 

To donate to Brain Tumour Research via Jill’s fundraiser, please visit: 

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