Family lead charity fundraising campaign following tragic death of Southport student

THE family of a university student from Southport who was found dead at his halls of residence, are preparing to take on a colourful charity challenge  in his memory.

Jon Harbottle was reported missing in January 2015 after returning to his campus accommodation at UCLAN in Preston during the Christmas break.

It wasn’t until January 24 that police broke into his room and found the 24-year-old dead – a coroner recorded an open verdict saying it was impossible to prove whether or not he had intended to commit suicide.

He was studying Games Design at UCLAN University at the time of his death.

Now his family want to boost funding for the Papyrus Suicide Prevention Charity.

So far they have raised £1,680 as they prepare to take on the ‘colour challenge run’ in the resort in July. They have already walked up Mount Snowdon in a bid to make more people aware of Papyrus.

Joanne Harbottle, Jon’s stepsister, said: “Jon was a much loved funny character by all, since his loss we have decided to raise money to help others who may feel the way that Jon did.

“We as a family feel that the charities out there to help others aren’t as well-known as they should be. Too many lives are taken by suicide and this needs to be addressed.”

The Harbottle family have set up their own Justgiving page and have so far raised over £1,500. This money helps to train professionals and to deliver suicide prevention courses.

Following the incident Jon’s dad Michael led the tributes to his son.

He said: “He was funny and had a brilliant sense of humour. He was a fantastic brother and was loved by all of us.

“Gaming was a passion of his and he loved computer games. “He was a fantastic artist and he hoped to go on and design the games that he loved playing.”

To find out more about the Harbottle’s fundraising endeavours visit http://www.justgiving.com/joanne-harbottle

A colour run involves competitors getting covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colours as they complete a special course.