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Mourners arrive at Leicestershire swimmer's funeral

by Phil Brewster

Mourners are arriving at St Mary's Parish Church, at Barwell in Leicestershire, for the funeral of Susan Taylor.

Guests enter at the church for Susan Taylor's funeral Credit: ITV News Central

Mrs Taylor died two and a half weeks ago, after suddenly collapsing during an attempt to swim the English Channel.

Mourners arrive at the funeral Credit: ITV News central

At the time the 34-year-old was attempting the 21 mile swim to raise money for charity - including the Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough.

Mourners arrive at the church Credit: ITV News Central

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Channel swimmer's funeral to be held today

The funeral of a woman from Leicestershire, who died while attempting to swim across the English Channel, is being held today.

Susan Taylor preparing for her swim of the Channel for the Rainbow's Hospice Credit: Facebook

Susan Taylor collapsed as she approached the French coast.

The swimmer, from Barwell, was raising money for charity. Her online donation page has raised over £65,000.

Kasabian line up in charity football match

Kasabian's Chris Edwards and Leicester City legend Steve Walsh Credit: Pukaar News

Leicestershire band Kasabian are taking on a Leicester City Foxes Legends team in a football match to raise money for the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust.

Joe Humphries' Dad, Steve, ahead of the match Credit: Pukaar News

Bass player, Chris Edwards, captains Kasabian's all-star team, and Leicester City legend Steve Walsh leads out the Foxes.

Kasabian's Tom Meighan Credit: Pukaar News

The game is the first of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust Charity Shield games, and is being played at Quorn FC.

The charity was set up in memory of 14-year-old Joe Humphries, who died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in October 2012.

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Zombie invasion for Birmingham charity event

Moaning, groaning and hungry for brains, hundreds of blood-thirsty zombies descended on Birmingham city centre this weekend.

Hundreds of people dressed as zombies for the annual charity event in Birmingham
Hundreds of people dressed as zombies for the annual charity event in Birmingham Credit: Steve Underhill, Tiptop Photography

The scores of undead lumbered their way from the City Centre Gardens in Cambridge Street, ending at Cathedral Square.

But this was no zombie apocalypse - this was the annual Zombie Walk in aid of Birmingham Children's Hospital.

People gathered in City Centre Gardens in Cambridge Street for the start of the walk
People gathered in City Centre Gardens in Cambridge Street for the start of the walk Credit: Steve Underhill, Tiptop Photography
People went all-out with make-up, covering themselves in fake blood and wounds
People went all-out with make-up, covering themselves in fake blood and wounds Credit: Steve Underhill, Tiptop Photography

The popular event has been held every year since 2009 and has so far raised £15,000 for the cause.

Leicestershire band Kasabian to play in charity football match

The band will take on a Leicester City Foxes Legends Team Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

Rock band Kasabian are taking part in a charity football match later against a Leicester City Foxes Legend Team.

The game is in support of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust.

The charity was set up in memory of the 14-year-old boy, who died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome in October 2012.

Quorn Football Club is hosting the event.

Cancer charity fraudster jailed for stealing £200,000

A fraudster who stole more than £200,000 from charities – including Cancer Relief UK in Chesterfield – has been jailed.

Harris Polak, from Liverpool, has admitted fraudulently duping two cancer charities and a cerebral palsy charity out of at least £213,000 whilst fundraising for them.

The 54-year-old has been sentenced to 45 months in prison.

The harm to public confidence by this offence is immense. The giving to public causes will suffer because of this.

– JUDGE DENIS WATSON QC

Charity cyclists begin trip from Wolverhampton to Paris

A previous fundraising ride from Wolverhampton to Buckingham Palace Credit: Punjabi Wolves

Local charity and football supporters' club, Punjabi Wolves, are today beginning a bike ride from the Molineux Stadium to Paris, to celebrate 150 years of the 'Football Association'.

Twenty cyclists – and a Punjabi rickshaw with a life size cut-out of Wolves legend Billy Wright – are taking part in the 430 mile trip to the Eiffel Tower, where the group will be treated to a Champagne Reception.

The group will be carrying banners supporting the armed forces and a logo on their kit paying tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby who was killed in Woolwich last month.

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