THE family of a Burnham-on-Sea man have launched a fundraising campaign in his memory.

Ross Burland tragically died in May last year after he took his own life at the age of 19.

To pay tribute to the 19-year-old Joe Ashwell, a friend of Ross', spoke to his family about doing a fundraiser in his friend's memory.

Kate Burland, Ross' sister, said: "We were absolutely devastated when we lost Ross.

"It was a real shock to all of us as none of us had any idea that he was suffering.

"Not a day has gone by where we have not thought about him, it still hurts us to this day.

"He was a tree surgeon and went to Cannington College.

"After his death, Ross' friend Joe Ashwell came to us and said he would like to do a fundraiser in memory of Ross and we jumped at the chance.

"We have organised a fundraising event called 'Walk, Run, Ride and Row' to raise funds for In Charley's Memory (ICM).

"We chose ICM as they are a fantastic charity which provides great mental health support to young people and are a local charity who should be supported."

Kate said the challenge was due to take place on April 18 and 19 but sadly the family were forced to postpone the event due to coronavirus.

The challenge will start with a 16 mile walk from Wellington to Wimbleball Lake, then a row around the circumference of the lake and people will then camp overnight.

The next day there will be a 21 mile bike ride to Taunton's Canal Road and finally a 13 mile run to the docks in Bridgwater.

"We set up a GoFundMe page online with a fundraising target of £1,000 and we have already passed that target and raised £1,200," Kate said.

"We are so grateful to everyone who has donated money to us so far and everyone who is taking part in the challenge.

"But we want to raise as much money for the charity as possible.

"Our aim is to bring people together in memory of Ross and to have fun.

"We are getting t-shirts printed for the event and you can contact us via our Facebook page if you would like to order one."

For details or to donate search for Walk, Row, Ride & Run - Fundraiser in memory of Ross Burland on Facebook or click here