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Staff bid to raise £2,400 in former editor’s memory

Staff at a daily newspaper are planning a series of charity events to raise up to £2,400 in memory of their former editor.

Mel Cook, editor of the Nottingham post, died on 1 April after a six-month battle with cancer.

Now Post staff are looking to raise £2,400 in aid of Maggie’s Centre, which provides emotional and practical support to people with cancer and their families and friends,

The centre raises funds by asking supporters to sponsor a day in the year and Mel’s partner Helen has chosen his birthday – November 8 – as the date the Post will sponsor.

Said Helen: “Mel was a kind, generous and above all an honourable gentleman who always found the time to help others before himself.

“His love for life and positive attitude inspired many people in life, he touched the hearts of everyone he met.

“Even during his own adversity and distress he wanted more than anything to help others suffering this terrible disease, emotionally and physically. By marking this event in honour of Mel to raise much needed funds his legacy and spirit lives on to help those others.”

“The sponsor a day  is such a incredible initiative for a great cause! If we can raise the target of just  £2400 – which is what it takes to run the centre for just one day – then that is well worth the effort.”

Other fundraising events taking place in Mel’s memory have included a parachute jump last weekend at which a family friend rasied £650 for Cancer Research.

In addition his niece Emma Beasley is running the race for life in July in support of the same charity,

Also in the pipeline is a charity ball to be held on the first anniversary of Mel’s death next year, also in aid of Cancer Research.

More information on the fundraising efforts can be found at the Post’s Sponsor a Day page and at Emma’s sponsor me page.