Robbie Cooper, Awesome..!
We all love Robbie Cooper and want to help in any way we can as he continues to battle an extremely rare and aggressive cancer.
This fund will be used by Robbie to assist in making his life as comfortable as possible and will help enormously with the many high costs of treatment, supplements, travel, special dietary requirements, and other necessities not covered by the national health service.
As you know, Robbie is a most fantastic man who has connected with us all in so many amazing ways. He is dealing with this evolving condition with dignity, positivity, and humour, and fully deserves the utmost respect and assistance from his many great friends and colleagues.
Please take a moment to think about your situation in life, then take a moment to think about Robbie's, then please gift all you can.
For more information on Robbie's condition you can view his personal blog.
p.s., this site has been graciously endorsed by Robbie and Miriam - they thank you for all your support and love.
Below are the details for the upcoming formalities and informalities:
Thursday, 3pm (for 4pm service) :
Marlin's Wynd (basement level)
34A Blair St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 1QR
0131 557 8989
This is for the memorial, and the room has a capacity of 80 seats with space for about 30 more standing.
Thursday, 7pm onwards - House Of Coop
The Mash House: Hasties Close. 37 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG Edinburgh
This will be open to everyone who wants to come and celebrate Robbie's life.
You can find out more information about House of Coop here:
If you have any information that would assist Jeremy with his proposed eulogy to recognise Robbie's professional contribution please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org :
"This is a short message to say that I intend to write a eulogy piece for the British Psychology Society magazine recognising Robbie's contribution to the field as a young, up and coming academic and scientist. For that reason, I'd appreciate any messages regarding memories of collaborating with Robbie on specific research projects, impressions of the papers he has published and their key contributions, attendance at conference presentations he gave (or anything else you think might be useful to consider including in my piece). We can all agree Robbie was a lovely human being, lets get his contributions as a scholar recognised for posterity. Drop me a line at email@example.com - thanks J."
If you haven't already heard from Miriam or Robbie's families, I'm so sorry to say that Robbie peacefully passed away at 1.20pm today.
The family are rallied, shattered, though peaceful.
I'd like to take this opportunity to again thank you for your support throughout Robbie's journey, I know from talking to him that he was blown away by the love and generosity from all his supporters.
I thank Robbie for permitting the financial generosity and for the candidness of his writings, postings, and conversations about his health over the last (almost) three years. I know his words have helped many others that have shared his pain with loved ones affected by related illnesses, and his openness throughout has been often in contrast to what is traditionally a very private ordeal.
I'm sure Miriam will be in contact with regards to the formalities, though in the meantime I again would urge you to continue to contribute to the RobbieCooper, Awesome..! fund in any way you see fit before we close it in due course.
I know the funds will greatly assist with the upcoming funeral expenses though it would also be fantastic to see a lasting memorial, scholarship, or other physical/tangible tribute to the great Scots Pine, Dr Robbie Cooper.
The hospice team are doing their best to ensure he remains as comfortable as possible, although with the intense advancement of the disease he is often in severe pain and consequently frequently disorientated due to the extremely heavy doses of medication.
Robbie's abdomen is very blocked and his amended pipework (eloquently described by the man himself in his blog) is not behaving as designed. His breathing is laboured and as you might imagine, there are many other associated compounding physical complications.
Miriam and Robbie's family are at his side, and some dear friends have recently arrived at the hospice. At this stage Miriam has advised that friends are welcome to make contact with her to perhaps arrange a time to visit over the next day or so. Facebook or txt is probably the easiest.
If, like most of us, you're thinking of how you can be of value at this tremendously difficult time then some suggestions would be:
- write to Robbie/Miriam (facebook, email, gofundme)
- donate to the RobbieCooper, Awesome..! fund
- do anything that you think Robbie/Miriam would love
Please don't send flowers - instead please donate via gofundme - the funds are, of course, incredibly appreciated and will directly help Robbie and Miriam.
Lastly, I'm in contact with the Doctors at the hospice and will (with family permission) provide regular updates.
Love and best wishes from us both
Amazing, thanks Neil :-) Let us know when it's out and we'll all promote the s#%t out of it..!
Hi Jon. too many fireworks has a new compilation record out at the end of the month. I'll donate any profits to Robbie.
Other muso mates out there - can you think of anything you can do to help..? Benefit gig, door/album sales %'s, unreleased tracks album (thanks Fraser Simpson) - get creative and help make Robbie's life better :-)
Massive kudos to Fraser Simpson, bandmate of Robbie from the Laeto days - he's putting together an album of previously unreleased Laeto tracks to sell on Bandcamp - all proceeds to the Robbie Cooper, Awesome fund..!