Family’s campaign for tighter regulations
Family and friends of Claire Squires will hold a stall at this year’s London Marathon warning runners of the dangers of health supplements.
It comes after coroner Dr Philip Barlow told Southwark Coroner’s Court last week that Miss Squires’ use of a supplement called Jack3D was a factor in her death at the event last year.
Her family, of North Kilworth, have called for better supervision of the supplements industry.
They will also have a stall at the registration for this year’s London Marathon to warn runners of the dangers of using supplements, as well as to raise awareness of the Squires Effect charity.
Fifteen of Claire’s family and friends will also run the marathon in her memory.
Reading a statement on behalf of the family outside the inquest court last week, Claire’s boyfriend Simon Van Herrewege said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for us. Claire’s death has left a gaping hole in our hearts and lives, but we will always remember her with a big smile on her face, trying to make everyone she met feel good about themselves.
“Claire took part in the marathon to do some good and to challenge herself in the same way she did for many other events.
“Claire was passionately against the use of drugs and would never have taken anything that would cause her harm or, even worse, risk her life. She innocently took a supplement which at the time was entirely legal and widely available, and worryingly, apparently used by many others.
“It is clear there needs to be far better supervision of the so-called health foods and supplements industry so that no more tragedies like this happen again, causing other families to have to go through what we have been through this past year.
“We have been comforted by all those who knew and loved Claire and by the support shown by the public through donations to the Samaritans and subsequent charitable events. The overwhelming response will help Claire’s memory live on and hopefully help others.”
Claire, who had previously given thousands of pounds to charity through marathons and a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, had hoped to raise £500 for the Samaritans by running the London Marathon.
A global outpouring of support in the wake of her death saw the total rocket past £1m.
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