Graham Cox

Graham Cox



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My story

[p]My name is [b]Graham Cox[/b] and I’d like to raise funds to support research on Motor Neurone Disease at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences. I’m a retired academic and my passion for the past 40 years has been fieldsports and gundogs: I hope that passion has been evident through my contribution as a sporting journalist and author of two books, which you can read about at [url=][/url]. [/p][p][b]Motor Neurone Disease (MND), is a cruel and unforgiving affliction[/b]. Nothing can be done to ameliorate its progress and a third of sufferers die within one year of diagnosis and over 50% within two years.[/p][p] [/p][p]I was diagnosed with MND on 30 November 2016, though what I quickly recognized as indicative symptoms had been evident since early 2015. Diagnosis, after all, can never be an exact matter, so raising money for [b]properly funded research is, unquestionably, a pressing priority.[/b][/p][p] [/p][p]That is why, on Saturday 17 June, around the site of Sir Joseph Paxton’s glasshouse at Chatsworth and during the Kennel Club’s Gundog Working Tests, I am going to walk-up, crook in hand and with my golden retriever Field Trial Champion Holway Martina of Wydcombe at my side, for as long as I am able. It will, whatever else, be demanding because I have no idea how long I might by then be able to keep going, still less the distance I might cover. Already I find my crook vital to any progress I am able to make.[/p][p] [/p][p][b]What I do know is that there is no more deserving cause than MND and my hope is that you will support my efforts to help fund the research that is so desperately needed.[/b][/p][p] [/p][p]Read more about the vital research being undertaken at the Oxford MND Centre:[url=][/url][/p][p][b]Challenge Update[/b][/p][p]My wife and I made plans to travel up to Chatsworth to carry out my challenge on 17 June. I didn't seek any medical advice, but one or two people concerned with my care offered it when they learned about my intentions. They caused me to think again and I'm glad that they did. Good sense prevailed.[/p][p]The Duchess of Devonshire, John Halstead and Joan Hayes kindly walked on my behalf at Chatsworth whilst I did my own walk-up closer to home in the grounds of the University of Bath. At Chatsworth, Anne Heading and her team of organisers of the Kennel Club Working Tests raised more than £1,000 for MND research from a raffle and donations by individuals and clubs. Paul French Video International filmed an interview of my friends at Chatsworth who explained what they were doing and why MND research is such a worthy cause.[/p][p][img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img][/p][p]In Bath, in punishing heat, I dressed as I had always imagined I would and completed a walk-up of just over 100 metres with Marti at my side. It was a circuit of a section of a car park at the University and much farther than I have walked in quite a while: confined as I now am, for the most part, to the house.[/p][p]I'm proud that, with the help of some good friends, my original plan was realised. It is not so many months since I conceived the idea, but life has changed dramatically since. It has changed in ways which have only reinforced my conviction that research in to MND is a really pressing need. Every donation that has been made so far is enormously appreciated and I hope funds will continue to come in. [b]Please keep the Challenge alive.[/b][/p][p]Special thanks to Paul French Video International, and Steve Davis and Marilyn Cox for the photos of Walking Up for MND at Chatsworth and Bath.[/p][p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true"][p][p][p][p][/vmgvideo][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Autumn Update[/b][/p][p]Heartfelt thanks to Peter Elmy and Kevin Doughty for organising the Highseas Charity Working Test on 27th August 2017, which raised another £1,220 to support MND research - bringing the running total to over £10,600![/p][p] I am extremely grateful for the hard work and efforts of many friends in the gundog community, whose generosity and support have far exceeded our original hopes and expectations.[/p][p]The working test was held in Peter and Kevin's training ground at Highseas, Hintlesham, Suffolk and sponsored by Sneyds Wonder Dog Food and Sporting Saint. The Judges were Kevin Doughty, Phil Allen, Phil Askew, Roger Ketley and Julian Mutimer (all A and B panel judges). David Tomlinson covered the day for Shooting Times and his article will appear the third week of September.[/p][p]There were 13 teams of three dogs and handlers competing from all over England. Photos of the day can be seen on Highseas Gundog Training's Facebook page. The winning team was: Wendy Glue and Tanyrhalt, David Latham and Nettlebrae Andy of Fendawood, and Louie Robertson and Mitford Nacho (also top dog).[/p][p][b]GRAHAM COX (1947 – 2017)[/b][/p][p] [/p][p]Graham died the morning of 27 September 2017, just five days short of his 70th birthday. He had high hopes to reach ‘three score and ten’, but MND intervened.[/p][p] [/p][p]I am devastated by his loss, but heartened by kind messages from many people whose lives he touched. And I am glad to follow out his wish to spare others the hardships of his final days by seeing the fund continue to grow.[/p][p] [/p][p]Before dying he wrote this to friends:[/p][p] [/p][p]“My life is all but sedentary now. It is, moreover, a life whose trajectory is one of inexorable decline. I must begin by saying how overwhelmed I have been by the response to my ‘walked-up’ appeal in aid of the Nuffield Centre for Neurosciences at the Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Since this email is bound to be seen by many people a big thank you to anyone who supported the appeal: not least, thanks, principally to Anne Heading for the Kennel Club GWT raffle monies (more than ably assisted, I have to say, by Nigel Dear, our host The Duchess of Devonshire and the ‘indefatigable’ Joan Hayes) which was equaled by both the Golden Retriever Club and the International Gundog League. It would be remiss of me not to add that the appeal, which is now nudging £15,000, is ongoing.”[/p][p] [/p][p]Many other individuals and organisations have donated generously to the fund. They include:[/p][p] [/p][p]Highseas Charity Working Test[/p][p] [/p][p]Jigsaw[/p][p] [/p][p]Northern Golden Retriever Association[/p][p] [/p][p]Skinners Dog Food[/p][p] [/p][p]Southern and Western Counties FTS[/p][p] [/p][p]Northern Ireland Gun Dog Field and Show Society[/p][p] [/p][p]Midland Gundog Society[/p][p] [/p][p]The Flatcoated Retriever Society[/p][p] [/p][p]This challenge remains one of his legacies, and through future events I hope to see it grow and grow.[/p][p] [/p][p]MARILYN COX[/p][p][br][/p][p][b] Spring Update[/b][/p][p] [/p][p] The Windsor Charity Gundog Test, by Kind Invitation of Her Majesty The Queen and The Crown Estates, took place on Saturday 28th April 2018.[/p][p] [/p][p] 28 teams with 5 handlers in each tackled tests organised by John Stubbs and Phil Allen in the beautiful landscape of Windsor Great Park.[/p][p] [/p][p] We all enjoyed a very special day and the proceeds of £5,470 were donated to this fund for research into Motor Neurone Disease which was set up by Graham in 2017.[/p][p] [/p][p] My special thanks to John, Phil, all the judges, helpers and everyone who took part for this wonderful donation, which has done so much to swell the fund.[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Final Update[/b] [/p][p]It is now a year since the last donation was made online to Graham's Walking Up for MND fund, and so it seems appropriate to close the page on the 31st of January 2019. [/p][p]Huge thanks to all those friends, family and supporters who have given so generously since the fund was set up in 2017.[/p][p]It will continue to be possible to donate by sending a cheque in Graham's name made out to Oxford University and sent to The Department of Neurosciences.[/p][p]With very best wishes,[/p][p]Marilyn Cox[/p][p] [/p][p][img][/img][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]


Personal Challenge Date

17 Jun 2017


Jan 28, 2018

Keith and Jane

In memory of cousin Graham, with fond memories and our love........


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jan 9, 2018

Grazyna, Geoff, Isabella and Nicholas

In memory of Graham. With love and fond memories.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Nov 22, 2017


Graham and Marilyn you are in our thoughts alessandra and sergio


Nov 9, 2017

Kathryn Manchee

I can only echo Helen's comments - many happy memories of bridge afternoons where Graham had to put up with our chat and laughter while trying to write his magazine articles!!!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Nov 8, 2017

Fiona A

In memory of Graham and of Howard, Graham's friend from university days who also died of this terrible and poorly-understood disease.


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 1, 2017

Kaye Cox

In memory of my brother in-law Graham, very much loved and missed by us all xxx


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2017



plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 31, 2017

Annie Manvell

I hope this will make a difference to future suffers. Graham was a lovely person


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2017

Helen Robinson

With fond memories of Graham's indulgent and good natured response to Marilyn's Bridge buddies and the laughter and fun of Friday afternoons. How he managed to get his books written is a miracle.


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 24, 2017

John Tiranti

I had the greatest respect for Graham, a great and accomplished dog man. He also made a valuable contribution to the GRC Centenary Exhibition and Catalogue. The dog world is poorer for his passing. My condolences to his wife and family.


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

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