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Tragic death of marathon runner inspires over $1 million in donations

The sudden death of Claire Squires led to considerable funds being provided by a number of people.

A screen grab for Claire's page.
A screen grab for Claire's page.

WHEN CLAIRE SQUIRES set off on the London Marathon on Sunday, she had raised about $800 for charity.

Three days after the race, her online total hit $1 million on Wednesday. And it just keeps increasing.

The 30-year-old Englishwoman collapsed near the end of the 26.2-mile course near Buckingham Palace and died. The outpouring of generosity has come from about 60,000 people.

In a statement, her family said: “Don’t stop giving, just like her.”

The donations will go to the Samaritans, which works to prevent suicide. The organisation usually raises around $6 million annually from individual donations.

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