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Runner's Family Are 'Moved' By Donations
The family of a London Marathon runner who died during the race are to decide how money raised in her memory will be spent, as donations soar beyond £700,000.
Claire Squires, 30, who was running to fundraise for the Samaritans charity, collapsed just one bend from the finishing line on Sunday and died at the scene.
Before news of her death spread, she had raised £500 through JustGiving but after the tragedy friends and strangers flocked to the site to donate.
The total has now soared to more than £720,000 as some 60,000 people pledged money in a JustGiving record. With Gift Aid, it takes the figure past £880,000.
The family of Miss Squires, a hairdresser from North Kilworth in Leicestershire, said they were amazed by the response.
"Claire's family have been incredibly moved by the measure of support and donations from the public, and are amazed by the amount raised so far, which continues to rise," a spokesman for the Virgin London Marathon said.
"These donations are a lasting testament to their beloved daughter and the cause in which she believed so passionately."
The charity, which Miss Squires' mother had volunteered with for 24 years, said it had created a tribute fund for the money raised.
"We are truly humbled by the reaction from the public following Claire's tragic death, and are overwhelmed by the support they have shown," Catherine Johnstone, the chief executive of the Samaritans, said.
"At an appropriate time we will be speaking to Claire's family about what they feel she would have liked these donations to fund."
JustGiving, which usually takes a 5% administration charge from donations, has waived its fee.
Tuesday saw a record-breaking number of visits to website, with up to 10,000 people on the site at any one time.
It says people from as far away as Afghanistan and Argentina have given money through the page, with an average donation of £11.
Miss Squires was a keen fundraiser, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in support of the RAF in 2010, raising £1,500 along with a friend.
Her death marks a second tragedy for her family, after her brother Grant died age 25 in 2001.
He was reportedly a drug user and had become depressed after being involved in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.
Investigations into the cause of Miss Squires' death are ongoing. She is the 11th participant to die since the event began in 1981, and the first ever woman.
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MAVIS IT IS GOING TO THE SAMARITANS
This family have had such tragedy. I really feel for them. She was such a beautiful girl and obviously very caring.
Oh dear Mavis, it's you who needs to read the article again. It's the lady FROM THE SAMARITANS that says they will be talking to the family about what she might have wanted the donations to fund for them!!!!! Think you owe Judy a little apology!!!
Mavis is correct. The person who wrote the article isnt. Should have said at the start about speaking to the Lady from the Samaritans. Whatever happens lets hope the money keeps rolling in
What??? Are you mad?? The second paragraph says she was running to fundraise for the Samaritans charity. The only thing in question is exactly how the Samaritans will use this specific chunk of money which is what they are going to discuss with her family.....not sure how you can read this article any other way.
Oh my goodness! I'm assuming there is something wrong with you Mavis - you seem a very angry person quick to be unkind to people. If you check the poor girls JustGiving page you can see she was collecting donations for the Samaritans. End of!