The Claire Squires Fund

On Sunday 22 April 2012, 30 year-old Claire Squires sadly collapsed and died while running the Virgin London Marathon for Samaritans.

The outpouring of support following her death resulted in an unprecedented amount of money being donated to Samaritans in her name.

Claire had been running for Samaritans, inspired by her mum, Cilla, who was a volunteer with us for nearly 25 years.

Claire Squires with her mum Cilla

The impact of the fund

More than 80,000 people donated on Claire’s JustGiving page alone – the total donated was over £1 million, which was put into The Claire Squires Fund.

Samaritans wanted this to be used in a special way, as a lasting tribute to Claire, so it was put towards a range of projects. In her name we have been able to:

  • Support those bereaved by suicide
  • Develop our online support services
  • Support the local Banbury branch of Samaritans
  • Develop a Phone Free Friday fundraising event
  • Set up the Claire Squires Award for volunteers with 24 years’ service
  • Contribute to a Digital Fund, to make Samaritans’ services more accessible to a larger number of people via digital technology

In 2014 Claire’s family also set up their own local charity, The Squires Effect.