Funeral for £1m marathon girl

The funeral of Claire Squires, who collapsed and died close to the end of the London Marathon, has taken place. £1,000,000 has since been raised by donations to Claire's Just Giving page.

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Marathon girl's family 'amazed' by donations

The family of a woman who died during the London Marathon say they had been "amazed" and "incredibly moved" by donations made in her memory, as the amount pledged to her chosen charity approached £700,000.

30-year-old Claire Squires collapsed in Birdcage Walk, near St James's Park, on the final stretch of the 26.2-mile course on Sunday. She died with the finishing line only one bend away, after 25 miles of the marathon.

Claire Squires died while competing in the London Marathon. Credit: RAFA/PA

Speaking after more than 60,000 donations were pledged to Claire's Justgiving page, a spokeswoman for the London Marathon said: "Claire's family have been incredibly moved by the measure of support and donations from the public, and are amazed by the amount raised so far, which continues to rise.

"These donations are a lasting testament to their beloved daughter and the cause in which she believed so passionately. Claire was particularly inspired to run for the Samaritans by her mother's 24 years of volunteer work for the Samaritans."

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Friend: Squires was the 'most amazing person in the world'

A friend of Claire Squires - who died during the London Marathon - has called her "the most amazing person in the world", in an interview with 5 News.

Victoria Hauser, who knew Ms Squires for 15 years, said her friend would always do her best for other people and had previously run another marathon, as well as the Great North Run, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Family say Claire Squires would be 'overwhelmed' by support

Claire Squires' family have released the following statement: "On behalf of Claire's family and all those who knew and loved her - we would like to say thank you so much for everyone's support.

Claire Squires Credit: RAFA/PA Wire

"Claire would be so happy and overwhelmed with the incredible support that has been offered by thousands of people from all over the world. Her family appreciate the kind messages posted online very much.

"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. For Claire and the Samaritans, please keep the donations coming.

"Don't stop giving, just like her. It's what she would have wanted."

Claire Squires' family urge people to keep making donations

The family of Claire Squires - who died on the final stretch of the London Marathon - have urged people to continue making donations on her JustGiving page.

Undated photo of Claire Squires Credit: RAFA/PA Wire

A statement released by the 30-year-old's family said: "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."

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