The charity fund set up by Claire Squires, the runner who died during the last mile of the London marathon, has passed the $1 million mark.
More than 54,000 people have contributed. Most in donations of £5 and £10 in a huge outpouring of public support. She ran the marathon with £500 in sponsorship for a suicide prevention line.
Squires collapsed l on the road to Buckingham Palace and died during the final mile of the London marathon last Sunday. It was the second marathon for the 30-year-old hairdresser from Leicestershire who seemed to delight in taking on epic challenges to raise money for charity. Last year she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise a few thousand dollars for the families of injured soldiers.
For Sunday’s run she had raised $800 for Samaritans, a British suicide prevention line. “I’m running the London Marathon for Samaritans because they continuously support others,” she wrote on her fund-raising webpage.
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