(Image source: The Telegraph)

BY ORLA O’MUIRI

A runner’s death has inspired a flood of charitable donations in the UK. 30- year-old Claire Squires died in Sunday’s London Marathon. BBC quotes her family.

“In the words of her family today what an incredible, inspirational and beautiful person she was. She was loved by so many.”

Claire’s death took place one mile from the finish line of Sunday’s London Marathon. The Guardian describes the scene.

Squires...fell as she ran up Birdcage Walk, near St James's Park. It is the final road the runners take before reaching Buckingham Palace and turning on to The Mall....Immediate medical attention was provided but paramedics were unable to revive her.The cause of death is not yet known.”

The runner aimed to raise $800 for her charity, The Samaritans, which is a suicide support group. Since her death on Sunday, donations to the cause have soared. CNN has Tuesday morning’s figures.

“As news of Claire Squires death spread across social media sites, so too did the link to her Just Giving fundraising page, sparking a flurry of donations reaching more than £400,000 ($650,000) and rising fast by Tuesday afternoon.”

The Independent says the donations on the fundraising website were the largest ever — with more than 37,000 people pitching in.

“Yesterday saw the largest number of donations ever received in a single day on the JustGiving website, with more than 10,000 people donating together at any given time.”

According to TNT magazine Squires’ friends say she was running for the Samaritans in memory of her brother — who died at age 25.

“Grant Squires died from an overdose in 2001 after becoming depressed following a car accident in which he survived, but his girlfriend Heidi Richardson was killed.”

London Marathon Runner Chris Egerton-Warburton explains to Channel 4 why he thinks the response has been so powerful.

“The outpouring that you’ve seen from runners and communities alike for Samaritans is a result of, is because in a way an awful lot of us think it could've been, it could so easily of being me.”

Squires is the 11th participant to die in the London Marathon since the event began in 1981.

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Apr 25, 2012

Marathon Death Donations Exceed $800,000

(Image source: The Telegraph)

BY ORLA O’MUIRI

A runner’s death has inspired a flood of charitable donations in the UK. 30- year-old Claire Squires died in Sunday’s London Marathon. BBC quotes her family.

“In the words of her family today what an incredible, inspirational and beautiful person she was. She was loved by so many.”

Claire’s death took place one mile from the finish line of Sunday’s London Marathon. The Guardian describes the scene.

Squires...fell as she ran up Birdcage Walk, near St James's Park. It is the final road the runners take before reaching Buckingham Palace and turning on to The Mall....Immediate medical attention was provided but paramedics were unable to revive her.The cause of death is not yet known.”

The runner aimed to raise $800 for her charity, The Samaritans, which is a suicide support group. Since her death on Sunday, donations to the cause have soared. CNN has Tuesday morning’s figures.

“As news of Claire Squires death spread across social media sites, so too did the link to her Just Giving fundraising page, sparking a flurry of donations reaching more than £400,000 ($650,000) and rising fast by Tuesday afternoon.”

The Independent says the donations on the fundraising website were the largest ever — with more than 37,000 people pitching in.

“Yesterday saw the largest number of donations ever received in a single day on the JustGiving website, with more than 10,000 people donating together at any given time.”

According to TNT magazine Squires’ friends say she was running for the Samaritans in memory of her brother — who died at age 25.

“Grant Squires died from an overdose in 2001 after becoming depressed following a car accident in which he survived, but his girlfriend Heidi Richardson was killed.”

London Marathon Runner Chris Egerton-Warburton explains to Channel 4 why he thinks the response has been so powerful.

“The outpouring that you’ve seen from runners and communities alike for Samaritans is a result of, is because in a way an awful lot of us think it could've been, it could so easily of being me.”

Squires is the 11th participant to die in the London Marathon since the event began in 1981.

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