Claire Squires' London Marathon charity page nears £1million markReported by Metro.co.uk on Friday, 27 April 2012 (on April 27, 2012)
*Donations to the charity of the woman who died running the London Marathon are now nearing £1million.
More than £784,000 has now been given to the Samaritans via her Just Giving site, topped up with £168,000 in gift aid.
Donations to the chosen charity of Claire Squires, who collapsed and died during the London Marathon, continue to soar towards £1m (Picture: PA)
The 30-year-old hairdresser is expected to become one of the biggest individual fundraisers in the history of the London Marathon.
At least 63,000 people from 60 countries have donated to her JustGiving web page so far.
JustGiving have since waived their credit handling fee of 6.5 per cent per card.
Meanwhile Ms Squires’ grieving relatives and friends thanked donors for their continued contributions.They said they were overwhelmed by the response and urged the public to keep giving.
Her boyfriend Simon van Herrewege, 31, said recently that the hairdresser had ‘a heart of gold’, adding: ‘I love her more than words can say and she will be dearly missed.’
Ms Squires’ family said in a statement: ‘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.’
One of her best friends, Victoria Hauser, added: ‘Claire wouldn’t have a clue how she is remembered. She was the most beautiful person inside and out but she had no idea about it.’
Claire Squires collapsed less than a mile from the finish of London Marathon last Sunday.
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