Charity donations soar to £100,000 after marathon fundraiser’s death

24 Apr 2018 News

Screenshot from Matthew Campbell's JustGiving page.

Donations to Matthew Campbell’s JustGiving page have risen to £100,000 after the marathon runner’s death was announced yesterday morning. 

Campbell was raising money for The Brathay Trust, a youth charity in Cumbria, in memory of his father. He had raised around £2,700 before his death was announced this morning. 

Since then the donations and condolences have flooded in, and the JustGiving fundraising total now stands at £100,000. The charity also stands to get around £20,000 in Gift Aid.

Campbell had also been a contestant on the most recent series of Masterchef: The Professionals on the BBC, where he reached the semi-finals in December 2017. He had previously completed the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon on 8 April 2018.

Organisers of the London Marathon announced this morning that Campbell had collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark and had died later in hospital. 

The Brathay Trust issued a statement saying it was “devastated” and has published a tribute on its website this afternoon

The Trust said it was “stunned and humbled by the outpouring of love and support in his memory on his JustGiving page, creating a lasting legacy allowing us to reach many more young people”. 

Editor's note 

This story was first published at 5pm on 23 April when the fundraising total was £42,000. It was updated at 9am on 34 April when the fudnraising gotal was £85,000. It was updated again at 12.30pm when it was £100,000.

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