THE family of a popular 22-year-old man who died four years ago after being hit by a train is helping a cause close to their hearts.

An inquest heard Adam Connelly, from Tyldesley, was believed to have climbed a 5ft wall beside a bridge between Engine Lane and Peel Lane in Atherton before getting onto the railway line.

To mark the fourth anniversary of Adam's death on March 10, 2015, his family organised a race night at the Atherton and Tyldesley Botanical Gardens Association.

There were around 150 people in attendance and around £4,700 has been raised for Papyrus, a charity which works to prevent the suicides of young people.

Adam's auntie Nicola, 39, said: "Our family had no idea Adam was feeling the way he was.

"He was the oldest of 10 cousins and he was always there for anyone.

"We wanted to do something to leave a legacy for him."

A special crowdfunding page, titled Adam's Legacy Fund, has been set up by Nicola and other loved ones which they hope the money can be used by the charity to help young people who need support.

She was overwhelmed by the response at the event, which included a performance from rock group The Inner Light and a raffle.

The idea to hold it stemmed from a race night last year at the 18th birthday of Nicola's son Ryan, who is also Adam's cousin and he wanted to donate funds from the event to help Papyrus.

Family members have also been doing challenges such as a head shaving, body waxing and piercing in aid of the charity.

To donate to the Adam's Legacy Fund click here.

For more information about Papyrus visit