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Hundreds raised in memory of former daily editor

Family and colleagues of a former daily newspaper editor who died at the age of 51 have raised more than half the target £2,400 they hope to bring in as part of fundraising efforts in his memory.

Mel Cook, former editor of the Nottingham Post, died in April after a six-month battle with cancer – and Post staff, along with his partner Helen, want to raise cash in aid of Maggie’s Centre, which provides emotional and practical support to people dealing with the killer disease.

Sponsored bike rides, marathons, and parachute jumps have already taken place to raise funds for cancer charities in the popular editor’s name.

A big family fun day and barbecue event, organised by Helen, will also be held on August 24 to bring in more money toward the Sponsor a Day event on November 8.

Helen told HTFP that £2,400 was the amount it cost Maggie’s Centre to run each day – and said she chose November 8 as that is Mel’s birthday.

“The support has been amazing – I’m overwhelmed to be honest,” she said.

“Mel was a well-loved person and very well-respected in the journalism world. All the papers he worked at – the Post, the Hull Daily Mail, Derby Telegraph, and the others – have been so supportive too.

“He was a great guy and a great family man, and we miss him. It’s nice to do something in his honour.”

Among those who have been raising cash is Helen’s 11-year-old son Luke, Mel’s stepson, who cycled 24 miles and raised around £600.

This will be added to more than £800 which has been raised and donated already through the official online donation page.

The barbecue next month will feature a raffle, an auction, children’s games and a DJ.

“I definitely think we’ll reach our target – I think we’ll get even more than that to be honest,” Helen added.

“I’m selling the raffle tickets beforehand which is bringing in money and then when people come to the barbecue on the day that will raise a few hundred more.

“It will be a busy day, there is lots going on, but I think it will be worth it.”