Marathon runner's funeral to raise money for Loughborough children's hospice

Claire Squires died after running in the London Marathon for Samaritans on 22 April

Claire Squires
Claire Squires

The funeral of the marathon runner Claire Squires will raise money for a children’s hospice in Loughborough.

The family of Squires, who collapsed close to the finish line of the London Marathon and died, have asked people attending her funeral to donate money to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People instead of giving flowers.

Her private funeral for friends and family takes place today.

Since the news of her death, Squires’ marathon fundraising page on the website JustGiving has raised more than £1.1m, including Gift Aid, for Samaritans.

Scott Lea, marketing and communications manager at the hospice, said he thought Squires’ family had chosen the hospice as their cause because they wanted to give money to a local children’s charity.

He did not know how much would be raised. "We will probably put the money towards recruiting more nursing staff," he said.

The hospice underwent a £4m redevelopment last year but needs to hire more staff in order to open the new bedrooms it had built, he said.

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