Southend half marathon death: Nick Palmer tribute money raised

Nick Palmer and his son George Image copyright Darren Palmer
Image caption Hundreds of tributes have been paid to Nick Palmer, pictured here with his son George

A fundraising page set up in memory of a runner who died following the Southend half marathon has raised more than £4,000 in 24 hours.

The man, named as Nick Palmer, collapsed at the finishing line of Sunday's event.

Tributes have been paid on the Facebook page of Havens Hospices, which organised the race.

Money is now being raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where his son George received treatment.

Image copyright Darren Palmer
Image caption Money is being raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where George was a patient

Mr Palmer has been described on the JustGiving page as "a devoted father, keen runner with the Southend Flyers (a running club) and loyal Spurs fan".

Darren Chaplin, who set up the page, said: "His son George spent some of his years under the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the family feel it would be right that a fund for them in Nick's memory should be created, as a reminder to the bright shining light Nick has left with us and a fitting tribute to remember him."

Mr Chaplin told BBC News donations were coming in regularly and so far almost half of the £10,000 target had been raised.

Image copyright Darren Palmer
Image caption Nick Palmer belonged to a running club, Southend Flyers

Many of the runners from Sunday's event have donated money and paid tribute on the JustGiving site.

One wrote: "I was running on the day, my thoughts and prayers are with your friends and family."

"My first half marathon on Sunday. So sad that someone so respected has been taken from us. Condolences to all family and friends," said another.

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