18th Jan 1968 – 22nd Feb 2016

You are condially invited to come together and celebrate the life of community activist Christopher Martyn Cooke at St Mary’s Church, Kemptown, on 19th June 2016 at 3pm.

Chris, a proud community activist, and very decent man, was tragically taken from us on 22nd February 2016 following a fire at his home. He loved nothing better than seeing practical and positive improvements to St James’ Street and Kemptown, especially if it was achieved after he had fought on behalf of others who had decided something was needed to improve the area.

Chris stood unsuccessfully in 2011 as a City Councillor for Labour Co op in Queens Park Ward and was the leading founder member and first chair person of the St James’ Community Action Group (SJCAG).

For a while he was responsible for Kemptown in Bloom, chaired the Eastern Road Partnership and was a keen supporter of the Gay Business Forum.

He worked tirelessly on improving neighbourhood and community policing and was involved with the Friends of Queen’s Park.

He chaired the community fundraising committee of the Rainbow Fund, an organisation who make grants to LGBT organisations providing effective front line services to LGBT people in Brighton & Hove, and was a community correspondent for The Argus newspaper.

He was also the Chair of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum up until 2012, and was financial director at the Sussex Beacon between 2011-12.

More recently he was a LGBT Community Rep at Community Works the umbrella organisation supporting all local voluntary and community organisations.

Please join the Facebook Event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1628894334068405/

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