A man who took his daughter’s place in a half marathon after she died by suicide has raised over £23,000 for charity.
Andy Airey, from Eden Valley, Cumbria, completed the Northumberland Half Marathon in aid of Papyrus UK, a suicide prevention organisation.
His daughter Sophie Airey, a nurse, took her own life on December 19, at the age of 29.
Andy Airey has raised a whopping £23,159 for charity (Picture: Twitter/ PAPYRUS_tweets)
Sophie Airey took her own life in December last year (Picture: JustGiving)‘The last couple of miles coming up the beach I did start to think about Sophie being with me,’ Andy told the BBC.
‘It should have been her [running] rather than me, which was hard. She would’ve been very proud.
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During training for the 13-mile run, Andy filmed his progress, sharing it with friends and family on YouTube.
Speaking after the race, he thanked viewers for their donations and urged them to ‘keep giving’.
The money will go to Papyrus UK, a suicide prevention organisation (Picture: JustGiving)More than 900 people have already helped Andy raise a whopping £23,159 through his JustGiving page.
‘If we can get more people to look at what Papyrus do then we can save lives,’ he said.
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A fundraising officer at Papyrus UK said: ‘To go through what his family have gone through, losing Sophie in tragic circumstances, what’s he’s done is inspirational.
‘Andy has done an amazing thing in honour of Sophie. It’s fantastic.’