Bowling together to remember popular Kirky man

David Crookes charity day at Kirkintilloch Bowling Club 17.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
David Crookes charity day at Kirkintilloch Bowling Club 17.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

KIND-hearted bowlers have banded together in memory of a popular young man who died of a brain tumour.

Kirkintilloch Bowling Club member David Crooks, known affectionately as ‘Big Stuff’, died in January 2009 at the age of just 26.

It brought to an end a hugely courageous seven month battle against the illness by the former club champion, who worked for Norwich Union in Bishopbriggs and sang in the Cumbernauld Male Voice Choir.

Since then his parents, George and Dorothy, as well as many of his friends, have teamed up to organise a number of events to raise cash for the David Philip Crooks Group.

The money goes to the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, who research the illness and provide advice and support for those affected.

On Saturday, September 17, Kirkintilloch Bowling Club hosted a second annual memorial tournament which attracted the cream of Dumbarton and District’s bowlers to raise more than £1,000.

Dad George, who organised the event along with wife Dorothy, said: “The sun shone for most of the day and it was a very successful event with a far larger turnout than we expected.

“It’s wonderful that so many people are keen to give us so much support and that everybody still remembers David.

“We raised £700, but the caterers, who used to work with our other son Iain, halved their bill and said just to put the money in the fund.

“I would like to thank them - Ian and Andy from Table 12 - as well as all the people who turned up for the tournament. I would also like to thank everybody who donated raffle prizes, and the Kirkintilloch Bowling Club committee and members for giving us their club for the day.”

Fittingly, it was the rink from Kirkintilloch who took home the trophy.

George said: “Kirkintilloch won it last year as well, which is the way David would have wanted it - maybe he was looking down on us.”

The bowling tournament is just the latest event to raise money for the fund - in April, George led a 25-mile walk from Bowling to Auchinstarry to raise more than £1,400.

And family and friends are planning plenty more challenges in the coming months to keep the cash flowing in.

Next year the tournament will take place at Westermains Bowling Club, in Kirkintilloch.

George added: “It has been such a success and received so much support that we’re hoping to take it as far afield as Yoker and Dumbarton in the future.”

For more information about the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, and to find out how to donate money to the charity, go to the website – www. braintumourtrust.co.uk