HARTLEPOOL United owners IOR have pledged £5,000 to manager Colin Cooper’s latest charity challenge.
Colin and a team of supporters will scale the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Saturday, June 21, for the Finlay Cooper Fund.
The charity was formed in 2006 by Colin and his wife Julie after the tragic death of their young son Finlay and has raised over £350,000 for children’s charities in the North-East and South London.
Colin hopes to attract 300 people to join him in the latest challenge, a 26-mile sponsored walk, and raise £30,000.
Pools’ Chief Executive Russ Green said: “It’s a charity that’s very close to home through Colin and it’s an excellent cause.
“To get such a generous donation from IOR towards this year’s project is an enormous shot in the arm for the charity.
“Hopefully it can give more fans the incentive to join this year’s Three Peaks Challenge – I’ve already signed-up and begun some training.”
Colin said: “It’s a fantastically generous donation. I have to say that the chairman has been very interested in what we do with the charity since I joined the club and he always said that he would help in any way he could.
“It’s fair to say that this donation goes far and away past what I was expecting and we’re very, very grateful indeed.”