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Thousands Raised In Memory Of Southend Runner
Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of a runner from Essex, who died after finishing the Southend half marathon.
37 year old Nick Palmer from Great Wakering, completed the Southend Half Marathon in Shoeburyness on Sunday, but died soon after.
He had been among the 2,133 runners who had taken part in the race along Shoebury East Beach.
Friend Darren Chaplin set up a JustGiving page to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, where Mr Palmer's son George received treatment.
So far almost £5,500 has been raised towards a target of £10,000.
Mr Chaplin 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 of the bright shining light Nick has left with us and a fitting tribute to remember him.
``The family and friends would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the public for the kind words during this difficult time, comforted by the fact Nick died doing what he loved.''
The annual half marathon, which has been held for more than 20 years, is organised by Havens Hospices Group.
A spokesman said: ``The male runner collapsed at the finish line and treatment was given immediately by the on-site medic team. He was then transferred to the medical tent where he was treated by a senior doctor, but he sadly died a short while afterwards. His next of kin have been informed.
``Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.''
The page can be found at www.justgiving.com/NickPalmerMemorialFund.
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