Samaritans Marathon runner Claire Squires

We are devastated by the tragic death of Claire Squires, our runner who died during the London Marathon 2012. We are deeply touched by the tremendous support we have received.

Claire chose to run the Marathon for Samaritans as her mother Cilla Squires has been a volunteer for the charity for 24 years.

Catherine Johnstone, Chief Executive of Samaritans, said:

“We desperately wish that it was not under these circumstances but we have been overwhelmed by the response from people donating in Claire’s memory. These donations will be put into a tribute fund and, following discussions with the family, will go towards projects they feel would have been important to Claire.

“We appreciate all that our marathon runners do; it is with their support, commitment and fundraising efforts that we are able to offer our vital service for people with nowhere else to turn."

“Chad Varah founded Samaritans almost sixty years ago and he said that ‘Samaritans were ordinary people doing extraordinary things’ and Claire is a true tribute to this."

Support us

If you would like to donate to the ongoing work of Samaritans please visit our donations page. You can also call our Supporter Care Team on +44 (0)3709 00 00 32 or email

Fundraising events

We have received a number of enquiries from people inspired by Claire wishing to arrange their own fundraising event. Please contact us and tell us the type of event you might like to take part in:

Contact information

Samaritans is here to offer support 24 hours a day on 116 123 or email
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