Olympic memorabilia donated to Chichester charity

A WIDOW and fellow competitor of a former Olympic champion has donated their uniforms and memorabilia to St Wilfrid’s Hospice Shop in Chichester as a tribute to him and the hospice.

Sarah Cooper, wife of former Olympic shooting champion Malcolm Cooper, said: “Malcolm died at home in 2001, and the hospice were such a great help to us.

“I watched the torch go through Chichester last Monday and thought it would be a great idea to donate the memorabilia to the hospice shop.”

Mr Cooper was part of team GB for shooting from 1970-1991, and is the only person to win two golds in the sport in Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988.

He also won gold in the Commonwealth games with his wife Mrs Cooper in 1986 for shooting in pairs.

Mrs Cooper said: “The hospice movement is a wonderful help to people and nobody knows how much you need them until it happens to you.”

The couple lived in Eastergate from 1991 until 2001.

The donations included the pair’s uniforms from various Olympic and Commonwealth games dating from 1970 to 1990, as well as items like a special edition Coca Cola bottle from 1984 in its original packaging, an Olympic towel from Seoul 1988, and souvenir limited edition plates from Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988.

Manager of St Wilfrid’s Shop on South Street, Leon Stanton, said: “We will have some of the donations in the shop, and some will be sold on eBay, but I have a lot of researching to do first as we want to make the most of what we have been given.

“We are used to clothes from Marks and Spencer and Country Casuals, not Olympic uniforms!

“We have never had anything like this through the door. The shop feels privileged that Mrs Cooper has chosen us to raise money for the hospice in Mr Cooper’s memory.

“The uniforms will be displayed in the windows this Friday or Saturday, and we will have the best Olympic window display in Chichester.”