Southsea charity pays tribute to tragic marathon runner

Sam Harper Brighouse, 23, who died during the Brighton Marathon. He is pictured with his friend Jack Martin, 27, also from London. The pair ran for the charity Arms Around the Child, which is based in Portsmouth.
Sam Harper Brighouse, 23, who died during the Brighton Marathon. He is pictured with his friend Jack Martin, 27, also from London. The pair ran for the charity Arms Around the Child, which is based in Portsmouth.
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A Southsea charity has expressed its sadness after the death of a runner who was taking part in the Brighton Marathon to raise money.

Sam Harper Brighouse, 23, of London, was part of a team of 10 runners taking part in yesterday’s Brighton Marathon.

They were raising funds for Southsea-based Arms Around the Child.

Mr Harper Brighouse collapsed 16 miles into the race.

He was treated by a police officer and paramedics, before being taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, but was pronounced dead later.

He is thought to have collapsed and died from a suspected heart attack.

Mr Harper Brighouse had set himself a target of £500 for the charity, which helps children in Indian and South Africa, dealing with HIV and Aids.

Donations have been flooding in at his Just Giving page, totalling more than £8,000.

Charity director Ellie Milner said: ‘All at Arms Around the Child are deeply distressed by the news that Sam Harper Brighouse from London, running in support of our charity, died after collapsing at the Brighton Marathon.

‘We are utterly devastated and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

‘Organisers of the marathon have confirmed emergency plans were put in place and he was treated within moments at the scene by senior doctors, nurses and paramedics before being taken by ambulance to hospital.

‘We understand that despite receiving immediate attention, Sam was later declared dead at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

‘We would like to express our sincere condolences to his family and friends.’

On his fundraising page, Mr Harper Brighouse had put: ‘Harper’s not going to bottle the marathon.

‘I’m running, jogging, crawling the Brighton Marathon for Arms Around The Child (UK) (formerly KCA UK) because I am want to raise money for a good cause.’

Now the charity wants to use the money raised to set up a project in his name.

‘The charity is liaising with his parents to use the money raised through his Just Giving page for a specific project in his loving memory,’ added Mrs Milner.

‘We know Sam was delighted that he had reached his fundraising target, and was helping to make a difference to the lives of the children looked after by Arms Around The Child in India and South Africa.’

To donate, go to justgiving.com/samharperbrighouse