Becky Cooper, always known as “Mrs Nathan” on-air, sadly passed away on the 2nd May 2013.
She was born on the 10th July 1981 and first met Nathan in 1998, at the Bucks County Show. "Bex" was helping our charity of the year, The Free Spirit Trust. They helped send terminally ill children on special holidays. One of Becky’s friends died of cancer and that's how she got involved with the charity.
Nathan takes up the story;
We were introduced properly, a year later, by a Mix96 colleague - and had been together ever since.
Becky joined the Mix96 promotions team at station events, and even co-presented a Christmas Day Breakfast Show with me, aptly named "Nathan & Mrs Nathan's Christmas Breakfast". Although the show nearly didn't happen, as she managed to lock me out of the studios 5 minutes before we were due to start!
We married in 2006, and Becky gave birth to our daughter Neve ("Mini") Cooper in 2009.
In 2011 she completed her Open University degree in psychology, but within a month, and 2 days before her 30th birthday, was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.
She helped present a series of special reports on Mix96 about the Cancer Care & Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville, where she received treatment.
Becky fought the disease with great dignity, courage, and, often, humour. A specialist at CCHU described her as "inspirational" in the way she handled herself in her battle, and that she was "remarkably stoic" and "never once complained about her situation".
I would like to thank everyone who has been in touch since Becky died, the messages have meant a lot to all my family. We have already raised a substantial amount of money for the two charities that helped her during her battle, the Cancer Care and Haematology Unit at Stoke Mandeville, and the Florence Nightingale Hospice.