Marathon runners death: Thousands raised for Samaritans

Claire Squires. Image by thirdsector
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Claire Squires. Image by thirdsector


Donations to the JustGiving fundraising page of the collapsed marathon runner have soared to £40,000 since her death on Sunday.

Claire Squires collapsed during the final stretch of the 26.2 mile course in London, Reasons have not yet been confirmed.

The 30 year old from Leicestershire had chosen to run for the Samaritans because her mother had volunteered for the charity for many years. She posted the fundraising page using social media with a message that read: “Hi guys, as you all know I’m running the London Marathon, it was just going to be for fun but it’s a fab opportunity to raise money for my charity the Samaritans, if everyone I know could donate £5.00 that would be a great help and change lives.”

Her donations had initially reached £500 until the story spread through social media sites. Many of the people included messages of sympathy to her family.
Chief executive of the Samaritans, Catherine Johnstone, commented on the tragedy: “We desperately wish that it was not under these circumstances but we have been overwhelmed by the response from people donating in Claire’s memory. These donations will be put into a tribute fund and following discussions with the family, it will go towards projects they feel would have been important to Claire.”

Tributes have now been left to Claire around the area where she collapsed.

Laura Harvey who also ran the marathon commented: “It’s awful what happened that day, there was such a good atmosphere from all the runners and to find out what was going on with Claire is just horrible. She was clearly a very strong and driven woman to be running the marathon and it’s good to see all the support that’s gone towards the memory of her”.

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