This year the Southend Half Marathon on Sunday 9 June 2019 will mark the 5th anniversary of the death of Nicholas Palmer, who tragically died at the finish line of this event in June 2014.
Nick, as he was popularly known, was a local man who ran with Flyers Southend running club and was a regular participant at Southend parkrun.
There were many Flyers Southend runners taking part that day, and everyone was devastated by the loss of Nick, so young and unexpected. He left behind family and friends, including his young son George, shocked at his untimely death. He was 37.
The Finish Line Fund was set up by members of the Flyers Southend group in response to his death to create a positive legacy for him.
Over the last 5 years there have been various fundraising activities, including an annual local inter running club quiz, which has brought together over 150 local runners on each occasion. Other fundraising activities include putting on 2 public races, calendars, greetings cards, donations from running clubs and via volunteer participation at London Marathon events.
In 2018 the trustees of the Finish Line Fund (Registered Number: 1179170) worked to obtain registered charitable status, which was granted in July 2018 and this also defined the ongoing objectives within the charity’s constitution, which are to raise funds for the provision of grants to:
- help runners and their families affected by serious injury;
- to promote amateur sport in East Essex.
The charity is a separate entity to Flyers Southend running club and through the fundraising activities and donations since the charity was established, it has enabled the Finish Line Fund to provide support to match its objectives for the public benefit. An example of support to the local sporting community was a grant to fund the purchase of new kit for Leigh Ramblers FC Under-11 team, of which George Palmer, Nick’s son is a member.
For more information on what the charity does please follow us on Twitter at @finishlinefund and Like us on facebook or take a look at the new website www.finishlinefund.org where it is possible to make a donation.
Notes to Editors:
- Established in 2014, the Finish Line Fund was set up to provide support to families who have been affected by serious injury or death whilst participating in sporting activities in the East Essex area.
- We obtained registered charity status in 2018, registered charity number 1179170.