Kindhearted cops raise cash for Rotherham charity

Stephen Cooke
Stephen Cooke

Kind-hearted cops pushed themselves to the limit to raise funds for a charity that has looked after ‘one of their own’.

Tim Bell, Craig Britland and Douglas McGraghan, from South Yorkshire Police, took on the challenge of each doing 200 press ups a day for a month to raise cash for Rotherham Hospice.

Their former colleague, Sergeant Stephen Cooke, is currently receiving treatment for terminal cancer and uses the hospice.

The trio clocked up 6,200 press-ups between them, raising £2,200 for the Broom Road charity.

PC Bell said: “We decided to raise funds for the hospice in Cookie’s name as he has received exceptional support there.

“We opted for press ups as it was something a bit different but it was certainly no easy feat. The whole point was to do something to highlight the fantastic service the charity provides.

“On behalf of Cookie, we would like to thank all the officers who donated. Cookie even donated £200 to the fund himself.”

Anne Giblin, fundraising team leader for Rotherham Hospice, said: “It is quite a feat to complete 200 press ups a day and £2,200 will make a huge difference to patients like Stephen. We are extremely grateful for this support.”

Sgt Cooke, aged 48, from Swinton, was diagnosed with terminal cancer last November and retired from service last month.

In January he was awarded the Police Long Service Medal for his work, including seven years as a patrol sergeant.