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Inquest concludes caring charity fundraiser took his own life

An inquest into the death of a Basingstoke-based charity fundraiser has taken place this week.

Brook Edmunds, 43, was described by family and friends as a ‘caring and wonderful human being’ who was ‘always doing something’.

Winchester Coroner’s Court was told Mr Edmunds was a ‘workaholic’ and often struggled to cope with the high expectations that he would place upon himself.

Concerns began to grow when Mr Edmunds did not show up for a work meeting on June 22, 2020.

His employers contacted his next of kin in Northamptonshire.

His sister, Judy, an employee of Northamptonshire Police, telephoned Hampshire Police to report him missing.

Officers attended his flat in Basingstoke and got no answer, believing his car was not there.

It later became clear his car was parked further down the street.

Police subsequently forced entry to his home at around 4.45pm, where they found Mr Edmunds lying in his bed, having died by suicide. He had not left a note.

Mr Edmunds was a popular charity fundraiser; he raised thousands of pounds for charities through various activities that included marathons and triathlons.

Coroner Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp: “What is absolutely clear was that Brook was extremely popular and much-loved. Clearly, he was very particular in delivering his best for the team, and one gets the impression that it was a bar he set for himself.”

She continued: “Obviously, Brook’s death has affected everyone who knew him extremely badly. He was clearly an extremely talented, kind, and competent person.

“Quite what was in his mind when he did what he did, none of us know. The conclusion is that, at that moment, for whatever reason, Brook had taken his life and intended to do so, and therefore the appropriate conclusion is suicide.”

A JustGiving page set up in Brook’s memory by his colleagues raised more than £7,000 for the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), and tributes poured in from friends and colleagues.

For free support, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.


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