Walkers prepare for Heather Cooper charity hike in Lakes

Heather Cooper
Image caption Det Con Heather Cooper's body was found close to her home in Haslemere

Six hundred walkers are preparing for a night-time hike over the Lake District fells to raise money for the children of a Surrey police officer who was found dead in Sussex.

Det Con Heather Cooper, 33, died after receiving a blow to the head and a stab wound to the throat.

Her body was found a few miles from her home in Haslemere, in Blackdown Woods, near Lurgashall, last October.

Teams of walkers will attempt to ascend 214 peaks before sunrise on Saturday.

It is hoped the teams will be able to light lamps on each one of the peaks after starting out at 03:00 BST.

The event, Light the Lakes, will raise money for the Heather Cooper Children's Fund.

Chairman of Surrey Police Federation, Kieran Diamond, said: "This is the largest of all the fundraising events that have being taking place over the last nine months and the support from both colleagues within the emergency services and the public has been absolutely outstanding.

"So far we have raised £38,000 for the fund and the response we have had is a wonderful tribute to Heather and everything she stood for."

Ms Cooper, who was originally from York, was on maternity leave at the time of her death.

Her former partner, Peter Foster, 35, of West Street, Haslemere, has been charged with her murder and is due to face trial at Lewes Crown Court in June.

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