FAMILY and friends of a popular 22-year-old man who died four years ago after being hit by a train are set to help 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 in before getting onto the railway line.

Around 20 people will be walking from The Gatehouse pub in Tyldesley at around 1.30pm on Saturday through the town centre and towards Howe Bridge.

The group will then head back to One Two Four Deli on Elliott Street for complimentary food. The owner Ray Lowe will be doing the walk too.

People will be wearing t-shirts on the 10k trek in support of Papyrus, a charity which works to prevent the suicides of young people, and will be carrying out a bucket collection for the cause. The event will be a Papyrus hope walk.

The event follows a race night organised by Adam's family earlier this year to mark the fourth anniversary of Adam's death on March 10, 2015, at the Atherton and Tyldesley Botanical Gardens Association.

There were around 150 people in attendance and around £4,700 was raised for Papyrus.

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Dafydd Livesey, Liam Connelly and Jamie Dexter at the race night in March

Adam's auntie Nicola, 39, will be walking in the event.

She said: "Since March, a large amount people have heard about Papyrus because our event raised quite a lot of awareness.

"This helped us with the loss of Adam too.

"You do not realise until you are touched by suicide than more more people than you know have been affected by it.

"A lot of families do not know people are suffering until it is too late.

"We did not realise to what extent Adam was suffering.

"I am really passionate about Papyrus - I think they are a fantastic charity."

Nicola also said she is planning to hold another charity event at Atherton and Tyldesley Botanical Gardens Association on June 27 next year in aid of Papyrus.

For more information about Papyrus click here.