MasterChef’s Matt Campbell died at the London Marathon
A sad end to what should have been a glorious day for Matt, a talented chef and a man on a mission. A loss to all his friends and loved ones and to the world of cooking. An inspiration to all, he went doing something he felt passionately about, wanting to make a difference in the world.
Matts Just Giving page
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A fundraiser set up by a chef who collapsed and died 3.7 miles from the London Marathon finish line has raised more than £300,000, with nearly 13,000 people pledging to run the distance he failed to complete in his memory.
Campbell, who made it to the semi-finals of MasterChef: The Professionals last year, was running to raise a target of £2,500 for the Brathay Trust, which was where his father had worked before he died suddenly in 2016.
Contributions to the appeal started to soar minutes after the runner’s death was announced. By Sunday evening, more than £304,000 had been raised for the Cumbria-based youth charity on Campbell’s Just Giving page, with more than 24,000 individual donations.
More than 12,600 people have signed up so far for the “Finish for Matt” Facebook page, where they pledge to run the 3.7 miles Campbell was unable to finish and donate £5 to the fund. One of the group’s founders, Matt Dorber, said he set a new target for £400,000 by the end of Sunday.
Writing on Facebook on Saturday, Dorber said: “When myself, Martin Doyle and Helen Phillips first realised how big this whole thing was becoming, we set a target of £250,000. We thought it was a dream figure but something to aim towards. We did it!
“And that’s all of us – runners in 6 continents, 40 countries, 30 US States, absolutely everywhere in the UK … you’ve all been incredible! The circumstances we’ve all come together under are tragic, and we’ll never forget that – but I’m so proud of what we’re all achieving as a group. We’ve created something so special as a running community of 13,000+ members on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and beyond.”
Writing on his fundraising page before the London Marathon, Campbell said: “As many of you know, I lost my father Martin 18 months ago suddenly. The past year and a half have been the toughest of my life but his spirit and energy live on in me.
On Wednesday, Theresa May paid tribute to the chef, who finished second on BBC Young Chef of the Year when he was 20. Speaking to MPs in parliament, the prime minister said: “I’m sure members across the house would want to join me in offering condolences to his family and friends.”
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