Brothers on the run for hospice

Liam (left) and Josh Cooper
Liam (left) and Josh Cooper
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A YOUNG fundraiser has now raked in more than £1,000 for charity – and was assisted by his younger brother in his latest challenge.

Despite being just 15 years old, Josh Cooper, a student at High Tunstall College of Science, has already raised the hugely impressive sum for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

And with the help of his younger brother Liam, the generous brothers handed over another £210 after lacing up their trainers for the Junior Great North Run last year.

Josh and Liam, eight, a pupil at Hart Primary School, in Hart Village, both made the trip to Tyneside for the annual event last year and were delighted to take part in support of the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

The pair, who live with their parents in Greenshank Close, Hartlepool, are both keen runners and take part in school events.

Hospice staff were delighted after receiving the cheque from the brothers who they described as a “fine example to young people everywhere”.

The efforts in completing the Junior Great North Run is the latest in a long list of fundraisers completed by the brothers.

Josh first supported the hospice five years ago after setting up his own cake stall outside his grandparents house and recruited his younger brother to help three years ago.

As well as his fundraising, Josh is also chair of High Tunstall’s eco-friendly Green League and was crowned Green Champion at last year’s Pride of Hartlepool awards.

He also has a Chief Scout Gold Award to his name and won Young Citizen of Hartlepool last year.

The motivated youngster said: “I really enjoy fundraising for such a worthy cause and would endeavour to do more for the hospice if I had more time.

“I think the hospice is a great cause because of the valuable help, care and support they give to patients and families.

“I would like to thank all of the people who have supported me over the years.”

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “We are really grateful to both Josh and Liam for the wonderful support that they give to the hospice.

“Every penny they raise go towards our patient care services.

“They are a fine example to young people everywhere and deserve all of the accolades that they get.

“I would like to wish them every success in all that they do and congratulate them on their many achievements.”

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at the hospice, added: “Josh and Liam are both great examples of how young people can become involved in their local community in so many ways.

“They have chosen to work together to make a difference and everyone at the hospice would like to thank them for their efforts.”