London Marathon death: MasterChef's Matt Campbell's fund tops £80000

Annette Crawford
April 24, 2018

Tributes have been paid to the Masterchef: The Professionals semi-finalist, who was running in memory of his late father Martin, who died in 2016.

Matt Campbell, 29, who appeared on Masterchef: the Professionals previous year, was doing his second marathon in as many weeks when he collapsed after 22.5 miles.

In a statement, The Brathay Trust said: "Matt and his family have been tireless in supporting the work of Brathay Trust and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this awful time".

"This has been mainly set up as part of the London Marathon training group".

More than £100,000 has been raised for the charity on Campbell's Just Giving page, with almost 7,000 individual donations, despite his initial target being just £2,500.

Campbell reached the semi-final of "MasterChef: The Professionals" previous year was a keen runner and, just two weeks earlier, completed the Greater Manchester Marathon in under three hours. "I know you can do it!" and entered me into my first marathon; Brathay 2016 along with my brother, Josh. "It was maybe the proudest day of my life standing at the finish line having achieved something I never imagined possible with my dad and my brother by my side".

Following his successful stint on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2017, he embarked on a United Kingdom roadshow this year - with dates in London, Manchester, Bristol and Leeds.

Undated handout picture issued by the Brathay Trust of former MasterChef star Matt Campbell, 29, who has died after collapsing while running the London Marathon.

A Facebook group, Finish for Matt, urges runners to complete the distance on Saturday and make a donation to Matt's Justgiving page.

According to a biography on his website, Mr Campbell began his career working in Michelin-starred kitchens after finishing second on BBC Young Chef of the Year at the age of 20 in 2009.

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