Donations in memory of London Marathon runner Matt Campbell pass £300k

Thousands of people had pledged to 'finish' the race on Campbell's behalf over the weekend

Matt Campbell running the Windermere Marathon (Photograph: James Kirby)
Matt Campbell running the Windermere Marathon (Photograph: James Kirby)

Donations to the Brathay Trust in memory of the chef who died while running this year’s London Marathon have passed £300,000, after more than 13,000 people pledged to "finish" the race on his behalf.

Matt Campbell, who had featured in the BBC show Masterchef: the Professionals, collapsed after passing the 22-mile mark in last week’s race and later died in hospital.

He was aiming to raise £2,500 for the charity, which supports young people by helping them and their families into education, training or work.

More than 13,000 people signed up to a Facebook group that invited them to do a run over the weekend of 3.7 miles – the distance Campbell was from the finish line when he collapsed – and make a donation to his JustGiving page.

When Gift Aid is added to the amount raised through JustGiving, the total is more than £380,000 as of Monday morning.

A statement from the charity today said staff had been "astonished and overwhelmed" by the response from people in the UK and all over the world to Campbell’s death.

It said the #FinishforMatt and #MilesforMatt movement had drawn thousands of people together from around the world, from seasoned runners to those who found running a challenge.  

"The stories have touched us so much – the people who hadn’t run for 30 years, those that ran to work in the rain, those that are injured and have broken their run into smaller stages," the charity’s statement said. "We cannot thank you individually, but it means more than we can say."

Some runners completed the actual London Marathon route to finish on Campbell’s behalf.

Campbell was fundraising for the charity in memory of his father Martin, who died suddenly in 2016 and supported Brathay for many years, according to a statement from the charity.

Martin Campbell was a cameraman who filmed the charity’s 10in10 challenge between 2008 and 2016, which involves participants running 10 marathons in 10 days.

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