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#FF0000 Raised £400,000 towards the £500,000 target..

Thank you to everyone who has kindly raised thousands of pounds for this fund.

With your help we can continue to improve the lives of children!




The Finlay Cooper Fund was formed in August 2006, by myself and my wife Julie.
We lost our son Finlay in January 2002, in a tragic choking accident and we wanted to do something positive in his name to try and help children’s causes.

So when I retired from playing football in 2006, we started to raise money in earnest with the help of a lot of generous people. Donations have been given to a large number of children’s causes including hospices, a diabetes trust and also a Cancer Ward.

With the help of people like yourselves, we hope to help children’s causes for many years to come, in Finlay’s name!

Many Thanks

Colin Cooper 
Former Middlesbrough, Millwall, Nottm Forest and England Defender

Fundraising events that have been held.

The charity first kicked off with the benefit match against Chievo in August 2006.

Two football games organised by fanzine Fly Me to the Moon, including one between supporters of two of Colin’s former clubs, Boro and Millwall.


zoesBearButterwick+HospiceZoe’s Place, Butterwick House Children’s Hospice, the children’s diabetes unit at James Cook University Hospital and Martin House at Boston Spa near Wetherby are just some organisations that have benifited from the fund so far.

If you are raising money for the fund and would like to send the details or photographs you can email them to:

Make a donation

Our Fund relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.

If you would like to donate money by visiting our Just Giving Page then please click  Virgin Money Giving

If you would like to make a donation by cheque please make your cheque payable to Finlay Cooper Fund and enclose it with a covering letter giving your name, address and any contact details (we would like to thank you for your donation) to:

Finlay Cooper Fund
c/o CP Waites,
24 St Cuthberts Way,
Darlington, DL1 1GB.

If you would like to raise money for the fund or would just like to know more about how to get involved, please contact us at

Thank you.