Brunch raises funds in memory of ‘Big Stuff’ David Crooks

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FAMILY and friends have gathered together to remember a popular young man - and raise cash to battle the disease which claimed his life three years ago.

David Crooks, from Kirkintilloch, fought a courageous seven month fight against a brain tumour before tragically succumbing in January 2009 at the age of just 26.

Since then, regular fundraising events have raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, under the umbrella of the David Philip Crooks Group.

They include an annual memorial bowling tournament organised by Kirkintilloch Bowling Club - where David, affectionately known as ‘Big Stuff’, was club captain.

The latest, a charity brunch in St David’s Memorial Park Church, organised by parents George and Dorothy, raised over £1,200 - with money still coming in.

It comes just weeks after an annual sponsored walk raised another £1,060 and a concert by Cumbernauld Male Voice Choir - where David was a long-serving baritone - raised over £1,000.

Dad George said: “I’d like to thank all the people involved and everybody who gave money, including David’s former colleagues at Norwich Union, Caulders Garden Centre and the businesses who supported us, on behalf of the whole family.”

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