Donations for Channel swimmer charities hit £59,000

Susan Taylor has now raised more than £59,000 for Diabetes UK and Rainbows children's hospice Credit: Virgin Money

The charity donations for Susan Taylor, a swimmer who died while attempting to cross the English Channel, are now over £59,600.

Mrs Taylor was raising funds for Rainbows Children's Hospice and Diabetes UK.

Read: Tributes to Channel swimmer

Watch: Susan Taylor's coach close to tears in emotional tribute

See Susan Taylor's Virgin Money donation page here

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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.