Donations since Channel swimmer's death pass £50,000

Rainbows Hospice and Diabetes UK benefit from a surge in donations after the death of Susan Taylor, who was raising funds for both charities

Rainbows Hospice
Rainbows Hospice

Donations made to two charities supported by the cross-Channel swimmer Susan Taylor have have passed £50,000 since her death.

Taylor, from Leicestershire, died on Sunday after collapsing about one mile from the end of the swim, which she was doing to raise money for Rainbows Hospice and Diabetes UK.

More than £43,000 has been donated to Rainbows through her fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving and funds raised for her Diabetes UK page have passed £7,000.

Donations include a £1,000 gift to Rainbows from the actor David Walliams, who swam the Channel in 2006 to raise money for Sport Relief.

He used his Twitter account, which has more than 1.2 million followers, to urge others to make donations.

A message posted by her sister yesterday on the swim’s Facebook page said: "While attempting to swim the English Channel yesterday, my sister Susan collapsed suddenly in the water. She was immediately recovered from the water and treated on the support boat. She was then airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Boulogne. Susan tragically passed away.

"Thank you for your messages of support. Please respect the family’s privacy while they come to terms with what has happened. If you would like to leave a sign of respect, please feel free to donate to her fundraising page."

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