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.
A British swimmer who died after attempting to swim the English Channel was a "much loved" ambassador for Rainbows Hospice, one of the charities she was raising money for.
Susan was a wonderful woman who would do anything for anybody. She has been a much loved Ambassador at Rainbows for over two years, helping out at events and tirelessly fundraising for us. She was more than an Ambassador; she was part of the Rainbows family.
Susan was totally dedicated to Rainbows, even taking time off from her career to devote more efforts to her fundraising. She was really looking forward to taking part in her createaripple.co.uk challenge and we are all so proud of what she achieved.
All of the children, young people, families, staff and volunteers at Rainbows are devastated and our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. She will be sadly missed.
– Geoff Ellis, chief executive at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
Susan Taylor, who was in her 30s, was swimming under the guidance of the Channel Swimming Association, which officially authorises attempts, when she got into difficulty near the French coast at about 5.30pm on Sunday.
Friends of Susan Taylor who died after attempting to swim the English Channel have left tributes to the British swimmer on her Facebook page:
I am so sorry for your loss. I swam with Susan last year in a different Relay team and was so shocked when I heard the tragic news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all your family and friends.
– Steve Parker
RIP Susan. Swimming was your life all through school from Barwell Infants we all grew up together. I am so sad I cannot think of any words at this time. God bless you, it was an honour to grow up with you xxx