Fund for much-missed bowler and choir member reaches £40,000

St David's Memorial Park Church, Alexandra Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1HE'Fundraiser in memory of local man David Crookes (group pic)
St David's Memorial Park Church, Alexandra Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1HE'Fundraiser in memory of local man David Crookes (group pic)

The family and friends of a bowling club captain whose life was cut tragically short have raised an incredible £40,000 in his memory.

David Crooks, from Kirkintilloch, died in January 2009 at the age of just 26 following a brave seven-month battle against a brain tumour.

Since then, parents George and Dorothy have teamed up with other family members and David’s many friends to organise a series of events to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

The most recent fundraiser was the now-annual Brain Tumour Munch Brunch, held at St David’s Memorial Park Church, in Kirkintilloch, which this year raised nearly £1,500.

It brings the total raised in the six years since David’s untimely death up to around £40,000.

Those attending the day included members of Kirkintilloch Bowling Club, who also run an annual charity competition in tribute to their former club captain, known affectionately as ‘Big Stuff’.

Once a year the cream of Dunbartonshire’s bowling talent take to the green to do battle for a trophy while collecting cash for the cause.

And further funds have been raised from concerts given by Cumbernauld Male Voice Choir, who David sang baritone with.

His former colleagues at Norwich Union’s Bishopbriggs base have also helped to raise the remarkable total.

Dad George told the Herald that the Munch Bunch event had been another success.

He said: “Myself and Dorothy would like to thank everyone who helped on the day and all who supported it in any way.”

He added: “A big thank you to David Watson - one of David’s friends - who kindly got his company McGee’s Bakery to sponsor some of the food, and also to Caulder’s Garden Centre for helping out with the plants.

“Thanks also to the St David’s office-bearers and congregation for the use of their halls.”

The Brain Tumour Charity, which was previously known as the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust, is dedicated to researching the deadly illness, as well as providing advice and support for those affected.

For more information about the charity, or if you would like to make a donation to the David Philip Crooks Fund, just go the website at www.thebraintumourcharity.org