Parents open medical research centre in memory of their son

When Sue Williams and Dave Haynes from Letchworth lost their son, Lee, to kidney disease in 2005 they vowed to keep his memory alive.

They worked tirelessly to raise £55,000 to establish a new facility at the Lister hospital, the Lee Haynes Research Institute, which will make it easier for medical staff to carry out vital clinical research. The new Lee Haynes Research Institute was officially opened on 28th February. It includes offices, laboratory facilities and treatment rooms.

Lee’s parents raised the money through a wide range of fundraising events. Lee’s mum, Sue Williams, said ‘When Lee died, we were devastated. He was taken when his life was just beginning. We wanted to do something to keep his memory alive, and the opening of the Lee Haynes Research Institute will do just that.’

Paul Warwicker, Consultant Nephrologist, said, ‘The new Lee Haynes Research Institute will make a tremendous difference. It gives us a wonderful, peaceful and friendly environment in which to carry out clinical research. We aim to prioritise research that will be of direct benefit to patients, improving their quality of life.

Lee's parents Dave Haynes (left) and Sue Williams (2nd right) officially open the Lee Haynes Research Institute, with Trust Chairman Ian Morfet (2nd left) and Chief Executive Nick Carver (right).

Lee’s parents Dave Haynes (left) and Sue Williams (2nd right) officially open the Lee Haynes Research Institute, with Trust Chairman Ian Morfett (2nd left) and Chief Executive Nick Carver (right).

“On a wider level, it is through research that medicine is advanced, which means that better treatments can be made available to us all. We are so hugely grateful to Sue and Dave, Lee’s parents, for all their hard work which will, ultimately, bring benefits to patients and help to advance medical science.’