Siblings’ fund-raising challenge for friend Emily

Emily Weightman with Sam and Sarah Cooper
Emily Weightman with Sam and Sarah Cooper

A brother and sister have helped to provide a lasting legacy in memory of a Wigan teenager.

Emily Weightman, from Hindley, was just 16 when she lost her battle with Ewing’s sarcoma in April last year.

Sarah and Sam Cooper with parents Shaun and Deborah after  Sam completed a 100-mile bike ride

Sarah and Sam Cooper with parents Shaun and Deborah after Sam completed a 100-mile bike ride

Her best friend Sarah Cooper was devastated. The pair did everything together and lived life to the full, from meeting One Direction to a week in Oklahoma together while Emily received treatment.

Sarah, 16, and her brother Sam, 18, decided to make a difference in her memory and have now raised thousands of pounds for two good causes.

Their mum Deborah, of Fairman Drive, Hindley, said: “Emily was always really positive about everything and fighting all the time, so Sarah decided to take that approach and do something positive in her memory.”

Sarah organised and compered a concert of music and dancing in Emily’s memory.

“Emily was always really positive about everything and fighting all the time, so Sarah decided to take that approach and do something positive in her memory.”

Deborah Cooper

All of the performers in the concert, held in Horwich, knew Emily and Sarah was among those who sang.

She raised £1,445 for ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where Emily was cared for, to buy new toys.

Sam took on a sporting challenge in memory of Emily - the London-Surrey 100-mile bike ride.

He got a bicycle at Christmas and started riding in January, training three times a week to prepare for the event.

Sam put photographs of Emily on his bicycle to spur him on during training, which he did while studying for his A-levels.

He also had a picture of her on his back during the bike ride.

He completed it in seven hours and raised £1,450 for Children With Cancer UK.

Mrs Cooper said: “He managed to do it and got his medal, so that was really good. I think it kept him going knowing what he was doing it for.”

The Winstanley College students are now looking at ways to raise more money in memory of Emily.

Sarah is considering doing a midnight walk while Sam may do the bike ride again.

Mrs Cooper said: “I’m very proud of them both. It’s been an exciting few weeks.”