Colin and Julie Cooper present seven-year-old Pippa Brown with a Dragonfly - the youngest person to receive the special emblem from the Finlay Cooper Fund


Seven-year-old Pippa Brown has become the youngest person to receive special recognition from a Teesside charity after raising hundreds of pounds.

The Finlay Cooper Fund only give out Dragonfly lapels – resembling the charity’s emblem – to people who have achieved something extraordinary.

And Pippa, from Nunthorpe, completed the Middlesbrough 3k fun run in August to raise an impressive £430 after getting donations from friends and family.

She was presented with her Dragonfly by two of the Fund’s trustees – Boro legend and Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper and his wife, Julie – during a special presentation at her school, Chandler’s Ridge Primary, in Nunthorpe.

Cooper said: “We’re absolutely delighted to present Pippa with this Dragonfly after doing something extraordinary for the Finlay Cooper Fund.

“Because of the Finlay Cooper Fund’s ethos, raising money to help young people, it means a great deal that someone as young as seven has achieved so much for the Fund and raised a fantastic amount of money.

“It’s always humbling to see so many people doing great things in the name of Finlay, and raising more funds for good causes in the Teesside area.”

William Smith, head teacher at Chandler’s Ridge, added: “We’re very proud of Pippa and what she has achieved for the Finlay Cooper Fund – not least for completing the 3k fun run, but for raising all that money.

“All of her friends in the school were amazed when they heard how much she’s raised and a special assembly in the school was the least she deserved.”

The Finlay Cooper Fund was formed in August 2006, by Colin and Julie Cooper, after losing their son Finlay in a tragic choking accident in 2002.

More than £350,000 has since been donated to a number of local causes, including hospices, local youth groups, cancer wards and many other charities.