JustGiving waives fees on donations to charity of runner who died in Brighton Marathon

Donors have pledged £16k to Arms Around the Child, the chosen charity of Sam Harper Brighouse, who died of a suspected heart attack during the race on Sunday

Sam Harper-Brighouse
Sam Harper-Brighouse

JustGiving, the online fundraising platform, has said it will waive its fees on donations made in memory of Sam Harper Brighouse, the 23-year-old who died on Sunday while running the Brighton Marathon for Arms Around the Child.

Harper Brighouse collapsed 16 miles into the race after suffering a suspected heart attack. People have been leaving tributes and donations on his JustGiving page since his death.

Donations of more than £16,000 have been made on the page to Arms Around the Child, which provides homes, HIV treatment and protection for children orphaned and affected by HIV and Aids in India and Africa. His target was £500.

JustGiving typically takes 5 per cent of each donation, including Gift Aid. A statement on the site posted on Monday said: "Out of respect for Sam’s memory, JustGiving will be donating our fees back to Arms Around the Child."

A statement from the charity said: "All at Arms Around the Child are deeply distressed by the news. We are liaising with his parents to use the money raised through his JustGiving page for a specific project in his memory. We know that Sam was delighted he had reached his fundraising target and was helping to make a difference to the lives of the children looked after by Arms Around the Child in India and South Africa."

Last year, Claire Squires, 30, died after suffering a heart attack on the closing stretch of the London Marathon. Donations totalling almost £1m were made to her chosen charity, Samaritans, in her memory.

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