Ex-Pools boss Colin Cooper has eye on ball to raise cash for charity

Colin Cooper and his wife Julie with guests at last years Dragonfly Ball for the Finlay Cooper Fund.
Colin Cooper and his wife Julie with guests at last years Dragonfly Ball for the Finlay Cooper Fund.

A former Hartlepool United manager is looking to raise thousands at a charity event next month.

The Finlay Cooper Fund was set up by Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of the son they lost in a tragic choking accident shortly before his second birthday in 2002.

Former Middlesbrough player Cooper, who managed Pools from May 2013 to October 2014, holds the annual Drangonfly Ball, and this year’s event will be held in the Grand Marquee at Wynyard Hall on Friday, June 10, with all profits helping to support children’s causes across Teesside and beyond.

Organisers promise entertainment never seen in the North East, with the magic of holograms resulting in some of music history’s most iconic bands and performers appearing live on stage.

Along with a disco, further entertainment will be provided via live music from the Purple Supper Band, recently voted the North East’s party band of the year.

Colin said: “We’re delighted to have reached the 10-year mark for the charity and hope the Teesside community will support us at this special event, as they have done so many times.

“All the money goes directly to children who need our help, children’s charities and the local hospices. We set out wanting to do something positive in Fin’s name and, thanks to our brilliant trustees and support from so many people, we’re still doing that 10 years on.

“On Teesside people have been so generous in an area not renowned for its prosperity.”

Tickets for the black tie event are £795 for a table of 10. To reserve a table contact Louise Gilbey on 01642 610349 or l.gilbey@endeavourpartnership.com