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Charity swimmer's death was 'misadventure'

Susan Taylor, 34, died while attempting to swim across the English Channel Credit: Facebook

An inquest into the death of a Leicestershire woman who collapsed while trying to swim the English Channel for charity, has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

34-year-old Susan Taylor from Barwell, died close to the French Coast in July last year.

Following her death, £60,000 was donated to Rainbows Hospice and Diabetes UK, the two charities she had been raising money for.

Susan Taylor: inquest to open after Channel swim tragedy

Susan Taylor, 34, died while attempting to swim across the English Channel Credit: Facebook

The inquest into the death of a woman from Leicestershire who died while attempting to swim the English Channel for charity is due to be held today.

Susan Taylor, who was 34 and from Barwell, collapsed close to the French Coast in July last year.

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Kathy's Channel challenge as she takes on the 'Everest' of swimming

A swimmer has set off from Kent, attempting to cross from Dover to Cap Gris Nez in France. Kathy Batts is taking on the gruelling 21-mile challenge just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor, who was attempting the same challenge, collapsed and died just one mile short of the French Coast.

Having started at 7am on Tuesday 6th August Kathy hopes to reach France before midnight on the same day.

A few days ago our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to Kathy and her family about the Channel attempt. The swimmer was keen to explain why she was determined to go ahead with what some call the 'Everest' of open water swimming.

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Channel swimmer on her preparation for the challenge

A woman who is attempting to swim across the Channel in tribute to a friend of hers who died while attempting the same crossing, has been talking about the challenge.

Kathy Batts left the Kent coast this morning. She said her friend Susan Taylor would want others to continue to take on the channel swim challenge.

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Channel swim in memory of friend's death

Susan Taylor died from attempting to swim the channel Credit: Facebook

A woman from the South has set off this morning to swim the English Channel after her friend died attempting the same feat.

Kathy Batts is taking on the challenge just weeks after her friend, Susan Taylor, collapsed and died as she swan the same route for charity.

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Swimmer's family 'upset' by bogus donations

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

The family of swimmer Susan Taylor from Barwell who died on Sunday while attempting to swim from Dover to France for charity, have said they are upset after a bogus donation was given to her online fundraising page.

A statement on behalf of Susan's relatives said they were informed of a £300,000 donation to Susan's page that would be split between her two chosen charities.

"The family were obviously delighted when news of a donation pledge of £300,000 to the two charities was announced. Unfortunately, it would appear that this pledge was bogus since the funds have failed to materialise in the charities’ accounts."

Susan's family have expressed their disappointment and say they are "extremely grateful" for the support of members of the public and the generosity they have shown.

Bogus donation sent to dead swimmer

It is believed a hoax donation of £150,000 was sent to the fundraising page of a Leicestershire swimmer who died while attempting to swim across the Channel.

The donation was removed from Susan Taylor’s online page until it had been confirmed but the charity she represented, Rainbows, believe it was fake.

"We are shocked that a person would carry out this appalling act at such a tragic and emotional time.

Susan devoted her life to Rainbows and since her sad passing, kind-hearted people – many of whom did not know Susan – have honoured her memory by pledging generous donations to her online fundraising page.

We have relayed the news to the family who are devastated that someone would exploit this heart-breaking situation.”

– Geoff Ellis, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Susan has raised more than £60,000 for the charity Rainbows since her death on Sunday. Comedian David Walliams is believed to have donated £1,000 after swimming the Channel himself in 2006.