Simon’s story

Simon suffered from Cystic Fibrosis and he received a liver transplant aged 16, a double lung transplant aged 29 and then in January 2016 was diagnosed with Cancer. Throughout his life he was given incredible care from hospitals including Great Ormand Street, Royal Papworth, Addenbrookes and later from North London Hospice. Sadly Simon passed away aged 33 in July 2016.

The Simon Cooper Foundation

In memory of Simon, the Simon Cooper Foundation raises money for specialist medical care providers and hospices associated with Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis and life limiting conditions. The Simon Cooper Foundation and all of their supporters have recently raised vital funds to purchase 15 Cardio Exercise Bikes to be used in the CF patient bedrooms at Royal Papworth Hospital.

This truly incredible gift offers a direct and immediate patient benefit for our patients with CF, one patient commented, ‘he was absolutely blown away by the fact there was an exercise bike in his room. He showed off his log that he was keeping of all the distances and times he had done and how much he was enjoying the exercise.

Dr Charles Haworth, Director of the CCLI said: The exercise bikes are hugely appreciated by our patients and by the physiotherapists that supervise their exercise. It’s fantastic that people can maintain or improve fitness while admitted to hospital without needing to be concerned about cross infection’.

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