Amnesty, Age UK and British Legion could benefit from Olive Cooke fundraising page

The family of the late poppy seller are crowdfunding on JustGiving to set up a memorial to her, and will give any surplus to the three organisations

Olive Cooke
Olive Cooke

Three good causes stand to benefit from any extra funds raised from a crowdfunding campaign to establish a memorial for the former poppy seller the late Olive Cooke.

Her family have started a JustGiving page and hope to raise £600 to place a memorial bench in the gardens of Bristol Cathedral, where she used to sell poppies to mark VE Day.

The page says that any extra funds thus raised will be shared between Amnesty International, Age UK and the Royal British Legion, for which she volunteered as a poppy seller for more than 70 years.

The family says in a message on the page that Cooke "touched the lives of so many with her tireless fundraising, her stories, humour and determination".

The page says: "Many people were moved by Olive’s story. We are providing a memorial bench which will be a place for anyone who wishes to pay their respects and wants to remember her."

Cooke’s death in 2015 attracted widespread media attention after several national newspapers linked her suicide with the high volume of charity fundraising requests she had been receiving.

Her family said at the time that the charities were not to blame for her death, but the outcry sparked a chain of events that led to the establishment of the Fundraising Regulator.

The coroner ruled at the inquest into her death that she had committed suicide after suffering from depression, insomnia and breast cancer, with no mention of charity fundraising.

The appeal had raised £225 by early afternoon on Tuesday 18 April.

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