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Tributes to Channel swimmer

The coach of Susan Taylor, 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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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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