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Charity donations for channel swimmer reaches nearly £80,000

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

The amount of money donated to a charity supported by swimmer Susan Taylor has reached nearly £80,000.

Susan from Barwell in Leicestershire was swimming across the English Channel to raise money for the Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough when she collapsed and died.

Yesterday, hundreds attended her funeral.

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Susan Taylor funeral attended by hundreds

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a woman who died while trying to swim the English Channel. Last month Susan Taylor collapsed just a mile from the French coast.

She was raising money for charities including a Children's Hospice in Leicestershire. The total raised has so far reached nearly £80k.

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Mourners arrive at Leicestershire swimmer's funeral

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.