Charity fund set up in name of Samuel Kettle, 26, who died during Shakespeare Marathon in April

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A FUND set up to celebrate the life of Samuel Kettle, who tragically died during the Shakespeare Marathon, has already raised £3,000 within 48 hours of being launched.

Samuel, from Leicester, was only 26 years old when he collapsed near the finishing line of the charity marathon at Stratford Rec in April. The Air Ambulance was called, but sadly Samuel could not be saved and he died at the scene.

A Gofundme page has been set up by Samuel’s cousin and best friend Jake Shenton on behalf of mum and dad Dean and Marnie Kettle, who are devastated at the loss of their only child.

The grieving parents said: “On the 21st April, Samuel was running in the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford. Despite the medics’ best efforts, we sadly lost our Sam.