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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.
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."
A close friend of Claire Squires, the woman who died during Sunday's London Marathon, has urged people to keep making donations to her "inspirational" friend's fundraising page.
An emotional Nicola Short told ITV's Daybreak that the runner's family have been "overwhelmed" by support for their daughter, whose Just Giving page has topped £600,000 in donations so far.
Charity donations for the 30-year-old woman who died during the London Marathon have topped £600,000.
Claire Squires' Just Giving page has received contributions from more than 52,000 people so far, with proceeds going to her chosen charity the Samaritans.
Donations to the charity of Claire Squires have passed the £500,000 mark. She was running the London marathon in aid of the Samaritans.
The 30-year-old died on the final stretch of the London Marathon on Sunday.
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.
"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."
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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