Thousands have been raised after a father tragically took his own life, prompting his family to run the London Marathon to remember him. 

The Longster family said "In support of mental health awareness and suicide prevention, we've chosen to raise funds for Samaritans, the London Marathon Charity of the Year.

"Sport was Dad's passion, and running this marathon is a tribute to him."

Roma, Amy, and Lucinda Longster describe Mr Longster as a top supporter in all sorts of competitions, races and tournaments over the years. 

Playing sport together as a family was often when he was at his happiest, so they have decided that this is a positive way to remember him.

The fundraiser has already reached its target of over £6000 with 223 donations from supporters. 

The Longster family said "Samaritans plays a crucial role in providing emotional support 24/7 to anyone struggling, offering a compassionate ear to listen no matter what you’re going through.

"The charity is also close to our hearts as, despite facing his own ill-health, Dad trained to become a Samaritans volunteer to help others going through difficult times, which we think is pretty amazing. So any amount you are able to give will mean so much to us."

They continued: "With your generous support, we can make a difference and carry on the spirit of hope and strength that Dad embodied. Every pound we raise could help train more volunteers, answer more calls for help and ultimately, save lives."

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