MPS will show their support for the charity set up by Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper in memory of his son at an event in Parliament.
The Finlay Cooper Fund was formed in 2006 by Colin and Julie Cooper, who lost their son, Finlay, when he was two years old in a tragic choking accident in 2002, because they wanted to remember him and help children’s charities.
Since then, a staggering £350,000 has been raised and MPs will recognise that achievement at a House of Commons event on Tuesday, April 1. Supporters from Colin’s previous clubs, including Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, will also attend.
Last year, the Pools boss climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money, along with Hartlepool-born Jeff Stelling from Sky Sports.
Colin, 47, 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 seven 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.”
It is being supported by National Express, the Premier League, Football Association, PD Ports and Linney Group and will be hosted by Michael Dugher, MP for Barnsley.
Adrian Bevington, the FA’s Club England managing director, said: “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.”
David Robinson, group CEO of PD Ports, added: “We take our role in the communities we operate very seriously and supporting local charities like the Finlay Cooper Fund is important to us.”
To donate to the charity visit www.finlaycooperfund.co.uk
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