A charity has said it is "overwhelmed" after receiving over £217,000 in
donations in 24 hours after the death of a London Marathon runner.
Claire Squires collapsed in Birdcage Walk near St James's Park while running
the final stretch of the 26.2 mile course.
The 30-year-old was collecting sponsorship for the samaritans because her mother has worked as
a volunteer for them for more than 20 years.
Rachel Kirby-Rider, from the charity, said "Obviously we're desperately sad
and devastated as an organisation that Claire died whilst running the
"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 turnover high sums of money so £500, £1000 is a
huge amount of money to us as an organisation."On Monday tens of thousands of pounds were being donated to the Just Giving site every hour as news of the hairdresser's
death spread, increasing the total from just £500 on Sunday.
Tributes also flooded in, with messages left for Ms Squires, from North
Kilworth, Leicestershire, on the page and on Twitter.
Close friend Nicola Short paid tribute to Ms Squires, describing her as an
"inspiration" who brought laughter and love to everyone's life.
The pair climbed Mount Kilimanjaro fro the Royal Air Force
Association (Rafa) last year, raising £1,500 for charity.
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
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
She is the 11th participant to die since the event began in 1981 and the
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