Tributes to Valerie Crook, well-known Cottingham fundraiser who has died at 74
TRIBUTES have been paid to a community champion and avid fundraiser.
Valerie Crook, 74, who lived in Cottingham, was well-known to organisations for her fundraising work and arranging charity events.
Mrs Crook was also passionate about family life.
She died at Castle Hill Hospital in December after being diagnosed with cancer of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
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Her daughter Jackie Rush, 49, said: "When she set her mind to something, she got very determined.
"She had arthritis and her legs were swollen quite a lot, but that didn't stop her."
Mrs Crook was a supporter of the Hull and East Riding Branch of Back Care and also held fundraising events for Dove House Hospice and The Dancing Eye Syndrome Trust.
She became a supporter of the trust when her granddaughter Jasmin was diagnosed with dancing eye syndrome, a condition in which patients suffer from abnormal eye movements.
One of her proudest moments was receiving the Community Pioneer Award in December 2004 for her charity work and helping people with disabilities.
But she was equally passionate about caring for her family.
Her daughter Diane Neal, 52, said: "When she was younger, she was a foster carer.
"She wrote about how much she enjoyed fostering in a parish magazine for St Anthony's Church.
"She loved church and was a Catholic.
"They told us whenever something was happening at the church, mum was always the first to help out."
Mrs Crook had five children, 12 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
She was married to Philip and was mother to Diane, Jackie, Howard, Jason and Sabina.
Her funeral was held yesterday with an after-service at the Endsleigh Centre.
Flowers included a floral keyboard – an instrument Mrs Crook loved to play.
Diane said: "She was strong and brave and was always thinking of others."
Jackie said: "She was never miserable and always smiling."