Tributes to Channel swimmer

The coach of Susan Taylor from Leicestershire, who died in a charity swim across the Channel, has said she was "always smiling". Susan got into difficulty whilst attempting the challenge in a bid to raise money for Rainbows Hospice and Diabetes UK.

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Donations for Channel swimmer charities hit £59,000

Susan Taylor has now raised more than £59,000 for Diabetes UK and Rainbows children's hospice Credit: Virgin Money

The charity donations for Susan Taylor, a swimmer who died while attempting to cross the English Channel, are now over £59,600.

Mrs Taylor was raising funds for Rainbows Children's Hospice and Diabetes UK.

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Watch: Susan Taylor's coach close to tears in emotional tribute

See Susan Taylor's Virgin Money donation page here

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Father 'devastated at loss of wonderful daughter'

Speaking at the family home Susan Taylor's father, 68-year-old Arthur Wright, spoke movingly of his daughter.

"I'm devastated. I've lost the best person in the world. She was just wonderful."

Mr Wright said his daughter had given up her full-time job to carry out charitable work and was working part-time as an accountant.

She had also done wing-walking and a parachute jump, and was a qualified rally driver."She was certainly not a boring accountant," he said.

Mr Wright revealed that his paramedic son David, Mrs Taylor's brother, was on the boat at the time of the swim and battled to save her life.

"David was with her and he was the paramedic, he tried to help.

"He pulled her on to the boat."

Also on the boat was Mrs Taylor's husband, her coach who has been training her since she was eight years old, and a support swimmer.

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David Walliams: Susan's Channel attempt a 'tragedy'

David Walliams has tweeted about Susan Taylor's attempt to swim the English Channel describing her death as a "tragedy".

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Susan Taylor's channel swim attempt very sadly ended in tragedy. This is her charity page if you want to donate... http://t.co/US483gQNWw

The comedian swam the Channel himself in 2006 raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

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Coach: Susan was a giver, helping her was a no-brainer

As he held back the tears, Susan Taylor's coach said she was a "natural giver", adding that the decision to help her had been a "no-brainer".

Her commitment to her training meant that she had put on hold her career as an accountant so that she could give, because this was what Susan was really about.

She was a natural giver. So when Susan approached me two years ago and asked me if I would be so kind as to help her on her journey - she told me that she was swimming for charity, the Rainbows Hospice charity based in Loughborough, my home town.

Having taught children with severe learning disabilities myself for a short time, the answer was a no-brainer.

– Susan Taylor's coach

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Coach: 'Susan was always smiling and enthusiastic'

Coach of swimmer Susan Taylor. Credit: ITV News

The coach of Susan Taylor, who died in a charity swim across the Channel, said in a press conference that she was "always smiling".

He said: "Susan was always smiling and was fully enthusiastic, whilst never being a champion. I could always rely on her physical strength to give 150 percent.

"She was a very big team player."

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Donations for dead charity swimmer pass £40,000

Donations have poured in for Susan Tayor, a charity swimmer who died while attempting to cross the English Channel.

She was pulled from the water and on to a support boat by her brother David, a paramedic, who battled to save her life before she was taken to hospital in nearby Boulogne-sur-Mer, where she was later pronounced dead.

More than 2,000 people have now donated to Mrs Taylor's fund-raising page as the current total raised soared to more than £42,500.

See Susan Taylor's Virgin Money donation page here

Tributes paid to woman who died during charity swim, full report

Tributes have been paid to a woman from Leicestershire who died while attempting to swim the English Channel for charity.

Susan Taylor from Barwell died after getting into difficulty as she approached the French coastline yesterday.

The swimmer gave up her job to pursue charitable work and was raising money for two causes close to her heart.

Sally Lockwood reports.

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