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Donations For Runner's Charity Hit £500k
Donations to the charity of the London Marathon runner who died during the race have topped half a million pounds, as her family paid tribute to "an incredible, inspirational, beautiful and driven person."
The totals sum on Ms Squire's Just Giving site includes total public donations and the Gift Aid total.
Claire Squires fell to the ground in Birdcage Walk near St James's Park while running the final stretch of the 26.2-mile course.
The 30-year-old hairdresser from North Kilworth, Leicestershire, was collecting sponsorship for the Samaritans because her mother Cilla has worked for them as a volunteer for 24 years.
Her family said in a statement: "Claire would be so happy and overwhelmed with the incredible support that has been offered by thousands of people from all over the world."
"Words cannot explain what an incredible, inspirational, beautiful and driven person she was. She was loved by so many and is dearly missed by all of us."
It has also emerged the runner's brother died after taking an overdose in 2001 when she was 20 years old.
Grant Squires, 25, took a mixture of heroin and anti-depressant drugs, according to a Leicester Mercury report of an inquest that took place in November the following year.
The family urged people to continue making donations to Samaritans, which has said it is "overwhelmed" after raising more than £500,000 following the death of Ms Squires.
Rachel Kirby-Rider, from the charity, said: "Obviously we're desperately sad and devastated as an organisation that Claire died whilst running the marathon.
"She was one of 70 runners running for us and our thoughts are with the family at this time and it's really important to us that we continue to support the family during the desperately difficult time for them.
"We're overwhelmed that people are supporting us and the tributes to Claire on her fundraising page and the donations that are coming in in memory of her are amazing.
"We're a charity that doesn't turn over high sums of money, so £500, £1,000 is a huge amount of money to us as an organisation."
Simon Van Herrewege, Ms Squire's boyfriend of two-and-a-half years, has also spoken of his devastation.
Mr Herrewege, who was cheering the runner in the race, told the Leicester Mercury: "We are still not sure what has happened. That's what we were hoping to find out from the doctors.
"We are just devastated. It is hard to understand. She was young, fit and strong and had really been looking forward to the run.
"She was an amazing person who was always doing stuff for charity and to help others. This is a difficult time for her family."
On Monday tens of thousands of pounds were being donated every hour to the JustGiving site as news of the hairdresser's death became more widely known - increasing the total from £500 on Sunday.
Many tributes to Ms Squires have been left on the site and on Twitter.
Close friend Nicola Short described her as an "inspiration" who brought laughter and love to everyone's life.
The pair climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for the Royal Air Force Association (Rafa) last year, raising £1,500.
A statement on the London Marathon website said: "The organisers of the Virgin London Marathon would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
"We would like to emphasise that our immediate concern is for the family of the deceased. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with them at this difficult time."
Tests to establish why Ms Squires collapsed as she neared the finish line are expected to take place in the coming days.
She died with the finishing line only one bend away, after 25 miles of the marathon.
She is the 11th participant to die since the event began in 1981 and the first woman.
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what do you think?
What a waste of such a kind hearted person who has reached the heart of many.
Its a terrible shame she will never know how she helped so much, r.i.p.
Shes watching and she knows!!
so wonderful to recieve such amazing donations , But why does it take someones death to make people JUST GIVE .
Most people donate after something happens to them, or they read a story (like Claire's) that touches them. It's human nature, and not something that should be criticised. Charities rely on this effect/reaction and spend millions on advertising each year trying to bring tragic stories to peoples attention in order to generate the sort of response being experienced after Claire's tragic death. If not then none of the valuable work they do would be possible. If you don't think charities should rely on this then the only way to raise money is through a charity tax on the whole population, and I doubt anyone would want that! Bravo and thank you to all those who have donated!!!
I think some people are missing the point on here! This young girl died doing what she loved doing and doing it for a nobel reason to help give to those who need! It shouldnt be about banning games etc it should be about promting a young life that all she wanted to do was give in a non selfish act! And I bet if you could ask her she would do it all again! So get off your high horse people stop using these posts to vent your dented views and lets so some respect to a girl who had more heart in her thumb then what some people on here have in their body!! R.I.P I JUST WISH THERE WAS MORE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD LIKE YOU!
Am I missing something here? Where are the comments demanding that the games be banned????
the only part of this post i agree with is "i wish there was more people in the world like you" the rest made no sense, your having a rant at people on here, your telling people to get of their high horses, and to stop calling for the race to be banned. im sorry but not one post ive read on here as asked for a ban on the race and every post has been very respectful. so i have no idea what your reading but its certainly not the same posts im reading thats for sure.
To Paul - I wrote this yesterday but for whatever it has only been placed on today?? :-/ and to be fair to me reading comments on yesterdays views there was alot of negative ppl here! Which makes me sad to see :-(
Well said Annette Spray why has it took for this wonderful person to die for people to start donating.....RIP Clair and God Bless
Dear All who donate, please note that "just giving" have a 5% fee, which is now quite substantial, could they limit their fee as we all giving in Claires memory and it seems a shame that some one is profiting from this. God Bless.
After your post JustGiving announced that they were waiving their fee for these donations.
I passed her on the course and hoped she was ok, as i did everyone i passed who were being helped by the fantastic volunteers. What a shock. I wish everyone who knew her some peace that she died doing something she loved and raised so much money for a worthy cause.
12.28 Just Giving have relinquished their fee in memory. of Claire. Tragedy does bring the better side out of people, hope the money raised softens the hurt for Miss squires family and friends, I dont think anything can extinguish the pain of loss.
Tragedy has hit this poor family twice. They must be feeling so much pain, devastated - I can't imagine it. Claire's beautiful smiling face has brought out the best in human nature as donations for her chosen charity continue to pour in. I'm sure she is looking down and continuing to smile realising that there is some good in our world. RIP Claire and sincere condolences to your family and friends.
It`s just a thought but, do the Samaritans need £500 000 plus ?
I can't believe you made such a remark! I hope you never need their care and expertise and never have to witness someone you know and love receiving their care and expertise. I will put your question down to naivity. God bless the Samaritans.
To me cancer care and cot death need the money more
1. It is or was an all volunteer organisation. 2. I have already known two men who committed suicide and two women who`s husbands did.
Even volunteer organisations need to pay for premises, electricity, phone bills.................
Haven't Just Giving waived their fee? Poor girl and so incredibly sad for her family.
And if the poor girl had survived would she have had so much donations ?? doubt it sadly, thats the human race for you, a famous singer dies, their cd`s jump up 400% in sales for no reason, we all want to be a part of someones passing, wait till poor robin gibb eventually passes, bet bee gees cd sales go stellar. r.i.p. Claire
A comment was put on here wondering if the Samaritans needed £500,000+. If anyone is interested visit <a href="http://www.samaritans.org/" rel='nofollow'>www.samaritans.org/</a> to find out why they need £10million per year.
Interesting and revealing that " The samaritans " are not entirely voluntary nowadays. I wonder if my pal Dave, an Anglo Indian ( mentioned because this may have something to do with it ) got in touch with them before he did the deed.