More than £1,600 has been raised for a charity supporting people with suicidal thoughts by the family of a primary school teacher who took her own life after struggling with job-related anxiety.

The family of Esther Leonard-Williams, from Helston, want people to be aware of the help that is available after her death last October at the age of 31.

Esther's partner, Charlie Shields, will be taking part in the Endurance-Life Classic Quarter 44.5 miles Ultramarathon this September, running from Lizard Point along the south west coast path to Land's End.

He will be raising money for the charity PAPYRUS - Prevention of Young Suicide, which provides confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, as well as anyone worried about a young person, with suicide the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 in the UK.

His online fundraising page has so far raised £1,625 in donations.

An inquest held at Truro's New County Hall last Thursday heard Esther took an overdose of mixed medication the night before she was due to return to the classroom after half term last October.

The 31-year-old was described by her mother Sarah as a "bright and bubbly girl" who worked at a school in St Ives and "loved her work and adored the children in her class."

Her GP told the inquest that she had begun struggling with anxiety in her job as she was under "greater pressure and scrutiny".

The coroner heard she had a panic attack at the school and was having nightmares, telling her mother: "I don't want to do this anymore".

Charlie said: "Esther was quite anxious about her job. She did not want to go back to work but she did not want to go off sick because she did not want to make a fuss."

Colleagues at the school said Esther was a "wonderful teacher" and "extremely good at her job and was loved by all of her children".

Cornwall's coroner Andrew Cox concluded that she took excessive medication with the intention of ending her life.