Chris Marriott: More than £30k raised for family of Good Samaritan who died while helping stranger | UK News
More than £30,000 has been raised for the family of a Good Samaritan who died after being hit by a car while trying to help a stranger.
Father-of-two Chris Marriott, 46, died on Wednesday after he went to the aid of a woman who was unconscious in the street during a disturbance in the Burngreave area of Sheffield.
As he tended to the woman, a car hit the crowd, leaving several people injured.
Now a GoFundMe appeal to financially support Mr Marriott’s family has raised £31,610 as of 6.30pm on Sunday.
In a message posted on the fundraising page, his family said they were “overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support being shown for Chris, and appreciate every comment and donation”.
“Chris would be amazed (and no doubt embarrassed) at the attention his actions have generated, but would also loved to have seen how friends, neighbours and complete strangers have come together to show support for his family and help financially. Thank you so much.”
Mr Marriott, who has been described as a Good Samaritan by police, worked for a debt counselling charity and was a leading member of his church, helping set up and run a food bank in Sheffield.
The organisers of the fundraiser said Mr Marriott was “a man who loved people”.
“His kindness, work ethic, generosity and willingness to walk people through the intricacies of setting up IT were part and parcel of what made him who he was and therefore much loved and irreplaceable.
“He died whilst administering first aid to a stranger putting their needs before his own safety.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and their two boys at this so so difficult time and we would like to remove any financial concerns they may have.”
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Hassan Jhangur, 23, of Whiteways Road, Sheffield, appeared in court on Saturday morning charged with murder and five counts of attempted murder.
He was remanded in custody during the brief appearance and will appear again at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.