POLITICAL leaders - including Prime Minister David Cameron - have praised the work of a charity set up in memory of Hartlepool United manager Colin Cooper’s son.
The Finlay Cooper Fund, which has raised £350,000, was last night hailed at a Westminster event attended by Cooper, 47, football supporters and politicians.
The 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.
Mr Cameron, deputy PM and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband sent messages of support.
A PM spokesman said: “The Prime minister was very sorry to read of Colin and Julie Cooper’s tragic loss, but it is heartening to see the support they have received for the Finlay Cooper Fund.
“Please accept the Prime Minister’s best wishes to Colin and Julie for the event and for the future.”
Mr Clegg said: “This charity does incredible work.
“Thanks to the dedication of its founders, Julie and Colin Cooper, and committed supporters, the Fund is transforming the lives of thousands of children.
“It’s an inspiring and powerful legacy, and one which I hope the Coopers can continue to build - in the name of their son, Finlay – in the years ahead.”
Meanwhile, Mr Miliband added: “The way in which you are bringing help and support to thousands of people through the memory of Finlay is truly inspirational.”