Family’s funeral fund appeal after Stevenage jogger tragedy

PUBLISHED: 08:30 11 October 2018

Much-loved Danny Cook, 28, died suddenly after collapsing while out for a jog. Picture courtesy of Carly Cook.

Much-loved Danny Cook, 28, died suddenly after collapsing while out for a jog. Picture courtesy of Carly Cook.

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The family of a young man who died unexpectedly after going out for a jog on Friday have launched an appeal to raise funds to help pay for his funeral.

Danny with his mum Sally. Picture courtesy of Carly Cook.Danny with his mum Sally. Picture courtesy of Carly Cook.

Danny Cook, who lived with his grandmother Brenda in Wisden Road, Stevenage, left his home at about 7pm but he never returned.

The 28-year-old was found by a family in Verity Way at about 8.30pm, where he was having a seizure. An ambulance was called, but Danny went into cardiac arrest.

His sister, Carly, said: “His heart stopped for eight minutes at the hospital, so he had no chance.

“They managed to get it beating again, but only on life support. He died on Saturday morning.”

Carly described her brother’s death as “a massive shock” because he was seemingly fit and healthy, apart from lately feeling tired, and had no history of seizures.

She said: “It’s heartbreaking. He was so young and he has a four-year-old daughter, Sophia.

“Me, Danny and our brother Luke were best friends. We did everything together. Since our dad died, Danny – even though he was the youngest – looked after me and Luke.

“I’m all over the place – one minute I’m crying and the next I’m angry at the world.”

Danny had worked at Stevenage Family Butchers at The Oval on Vardon Road in Stevenage for more than a decade and was well-known and liked within the community.

Carly said: “Everywhere you go, people knew him. He was really well-known and the life and soul. He always played jokes and would wind people up, but he would do anything for anyone.”

Danny’s family have set up an online crowdfunding appeal and are hoping to raise £5,000 for his funeral. More than £3,500 has been raised in the first two days.

Carly said: “Right now, as you can imagine, we are struggling with this sudden loss and want to give Danny the best goodbye we possibly can, because that’s what he deserves.

“Quite a few of you will remember his smiling face from the butchers. Please remember this smile as we all want him to be remembered for the warm, friendly, loving person he was.

“We can’t believe he’s gone. He was so loved by his family and friends. None of us know what to do with ourselves. We are going to miss him and life will never be the same without him.”

To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dannycook.

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