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MPs from across Teesside and beyond are to show their support for the Fund at special event in Parliament in April. A reception is to be held in the House of Commons to highlight our fundraising efforts and raise awareness of events past and present. Around 80 people will be attending the event, including Colin and Julie Cooper and our trustees.

It is being supported by National Express, the Premier League, Football Association, Teesside firm PD Ports and Linney Group.

It is being hosted by Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley. Michael is a passionate fan of Nottingham Forest, the club where Colin played, and led to promotion to the Premier League, in the mid 1990s.

He said:

“I am really pleased to be hosting this important event.

“Colin is a hero of mine and I am incredibly supportive of his charity work in memory of his son.

“Finlay’s death was an appalling tragedy. By ensuring his memory lives on Colin and his wife Julie are doing an amazing job which deserves all our support.”


Former Boro manager Bruce Rioch, who led Boro to two promotions with Colin Cooper at the heart of his team, is to attend.

The event has been arranged by Boro fan Mark Davies, who lives in London and previously worked in Parliament.

He said:

“My happiest football memories are of watching Colin and the class of 86 transform the club I love.

“I wanted to do something to help the Finlay Cooper Fund and hopefully this event will raise its profile and attract more support.”


Colin said:

“My wife Julie and I are hugely excited and extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to take The Finlay Cooper Fund to The Houses of Parliament.

“We, along with our other three trustees, Nick Waites, Graham Fordy and Lee Bramley are very proud of what our small charity has achieved over the last 7 years.

“We thank Mark Davies for organising the event, Michael Dugher for hosting the event, and the companies that have very generously supported the event, and look forward to meeting everyone to bring together our passions for charity work, football and politics, in such a prestigious venue.”


Tom Stables,  Managing Director National Express UK Coach, said:

“We are delighted to offer our support to this wonderful charity.”


On behalf of The Football Association, Adrian Bevington, Club England Managing Director, said:

“The FA is delighted to be supporting such a worthy cause as the Finlay Cooper Fund on this auspicious occasion.

All involved in the charity – particularly Colin and his wife Julie – do so much amazing work to improve the lives of young people in difficult circumstances. It is great they are being recognised with a special event at the Houses of Parliament.”


David Robinson, Group CEO of PD Ports, said:

“PD Ports is proud to sponsor the Colin Cooper Charity Event at the House of Commons.”


Dean Salmon of Linney Group said:

 “We are extremely proud to support, and be associated with, the Finlay Cooper Fund and the many good children’s causes that it supports.  The level of hard work, dedication, and commitment that people put into these great causes never fails to inspire”.

Premier League Quote:

“The Premier League is proud of its contribution to charitable causes, giving away over £56m this year alone.  This is an inspiring venture and we wish all those involved, but particularly Colin, the very best of luck in highlighting  these vital causes, working with some of the most deserving children’s charities in the North-East of England”.