A triathlon in support of children coping with loss is thought to have raised over £3,000.

The fundraiser, on Saturday, September 29, raised money for Sam’s Angels, a group set up by Barbara Henry who lost her daughter Samantha at 27.

Scores of participants swam 32 lengths of the pool at Vikingar in Largs, cycled the 13-and-a-half miles to Saltcoats, then ran a 10k from St Matthew’s Academy.

The event was organised by Barbara’s nephew Scott Wallace and his best friend Kirsty Miller. After the triathlon, participants were treated to a buffet and a raffle at Ardrossan Bowling Club.

When the Herald went to print, the triathlon’s Just Giving page was at £1,300, with more money still due in.

Barbara, who looks after her granddaughter Paige, six, described the fundraiser as “amazing”.

She said: “We had a great day. We’re going to do it every year now. We’re still waiting on money coming in. I would say we’ve raised over three grand.

“One of my friends did 100 lengths for her two boys who couldn’t be there.

“Paige had a great time, she had an absolute ball. She was dressed as an angel.”

Barbara added: “I’d like to thank the Johnny Specs Memorial who gave us £500 towards the group. I’d also like to thank Ardrossan Masonic and Ayr Shed from Gourock who gave us £200. Abbey Croft, where I work, raised £900 between the staff and the kids. They climbed Goatfell.”