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Supporter walk attracts Health Minister

24 July 2013

On Thursday 18 July, the family of Scout leader Colin Cooke led over 100 people in a sponsored walk in his memory through the town of Moira, Co Down.

l-r Adam Cooke, Susan Cooke, Aaron Cooke, Edwin Poots

The walk, organised by Colin’s wife, Susan, took place on what would have been Colin’s 46th birthday and walkers included the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots.

Colin passed away in February, 11 weeks after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Having led the local Scouts for 18 years and working full-time as a pharmacy assistant in Boots in Moira, Colin was very well known and respected in the local community where he lived with Susan and their two sons Adam, 19 and Aaron, 3.

Susan and Colin married in 1991 and they were just six days short of their 22nd wedding anniversary when Colin died. “My son Adam has been a massive support to me in the months since Colin’s death,” says Susan. “And he’s also just achieved a Distinction in the first year of his HND in Applied Biology, despite all the upset of the past few months. Colin would have been so proud of him.”

Colin loved the outdoor life, whether on caravanning holidays with the family, on camp with the Scouts or shooting at his archery club. “We had so little time between Colin’s diagnosis and death - it was very hard to accept that there was no treatment and also no way of finding out earlier that he had pancreatic cancer,” says Susan. “That’s why I want to raise money for PCRF as they fund researchers looking for an early diagnosis tool and hopefully a cure for this terrible disease. “

Susan is very grateful for the way in which the local community has pulled together to support her fundraising activities. “Boots staff in Moira wore Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund T-shirts during the week of the walk. Kilmore Archery Centre has also pledged to raise money for PCRF on their charity shoots for the next five years which is fantastic.”

Almost £6,000 has been raised to date. If you would like to support the family’s fundraising activities, please go to:
http://www.justgiving.com/Sandra-Cooke

l-r Susan Cooke and her sons Adam and Aaron with the Health Minister Edwin Poots

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