Fundraiser in memory of London marathon victim

The family of the young woman from Leicestershire who died while running the London marathon are organising an annual fundraising day in her memory.

Claire Squires, the 30-year-old hairdresser, died a mile from the finish line at this year's marathon in April.

She aimed to raise £500 for the Samaritans but the total jumped to more than £1 million following public support after her death.

The charity is working with Claire's mother Cilla to develop 'The Claire Squires Fund', a programme of projects that reflect how she would have wanted the money to be used.

The charity will launch an annual charity day or event in Claire's name in 2014.

"She would have been excited to know that so much money had been raised, and we have worked so hard to make sure that it is being used the way Claire would have wanted. Thank you to everyone who donated. No amount of money can ever bring Claire back but we can hopefully make a real difference and leave a lasting legacy for my beautiful daughter."

– Cilla Squires

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