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Charity cheque boost for Demelza

10 January 2013

Finlay Cooper Fund helps Hospice

Lifelong Millwall fans Jason Pickering and Geoff Williamson recently presented a £3,000 cheque to the Demelza Children’s Hospice in Eltham, South East London, on behalf of the Finlay Cooper Fund.
The Fund, which raises funds for children’s causes, was set up by former Lions hero Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of their son Finlay, who they lost in a tragic choking accident before his second birthday.
Colin, who played for Millwall between 1991 and 1993, said: “This is the second time we have helped the Demelza Hospice in recognition of both my very happy years spent in the area when I was with Millwall and in recognition of the fabulous fundraising undertaken by Jason and other Millwall fans for our fund.”
Jason and Geoff presented the cheque to the Hospice shortly before Christmas when they also took part in a carol singing session with the young patients. 
Kate Najdowski, on behalf of the hospice, said: “Having bought us a specialist bed and equipment to administer drugs only a year ago, we were shocked and delighted that the Finlay Cooper Fund had thought of us again in these difficult times when our funding from central resources is being continually cut.
The fund certainly helped to make our Christmas.”
Demelza is a six-bedded hospice providing a large range of care services to children and young people with life-limiting or life threatening illnesses.
Jason has been actively involved in fundraising for the Finlay Cooper fund for several years and has been involved in organising football games between fans of Millwall and Middlesbrough at both the New Den and the Riverside Stadium, while he has also taken part in the Middlesbrough 10k run.
In June this year he is joining Colin and 13 others to walk up Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, while he is also looking to organise events in London.
For more information about the fund, visit

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