Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams has donated £1,000 to charity in memory of tragic Channel swimmer Susan Taylor

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It’s been reported this week that kind-hearted Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams made a donation to a charity fundraising campaign in memory of tragic swimmer Susan Taylor, who of course collapsed and died just a mile off the coast of France as she attempted to swim the Channel.

And it was apparently David’s success in his 2006 Channel swim that inspired Susan to follow suit. Prior to her attempt, she wrote in her blog, “I’ve had an ambition to follow in comedian David Walliams’s strokes and swim the Channel since I was a child.”

So when David heard about Susan’s charity, he immediately donated £1,000 and told his Twitter followers, “Susan Taylor’s channel swim attempt very sadly ended in tragedy.

“This is her charity page if you want to donate.

“Despite the shock & sadness, it’s good to see heroic Susan Taylor’s charity total rising.

“Please give what you can…”

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Hello magazine report that within hours, £39,000 had been raised for charities Diabetes UK and Rainbows Children’s Hospital in Loughborough. You can click here to make a donation.

Meanwhile, Susan’s devastated father Arthur Wright revealed that just days before her death, the whole family got together to celebrate Susan’s and her brother’s birthday at a restaurant last Thursday.

Of the last time he saw Susan on Friday, Arthur said, “I saw her to say I hope it goes well and gave her a kiss.”

Hello adds, “He also said that Susan’s brother David Wright, a paramedic, had been accompanying his sister in a support boat, and had tried in vain to save her. Susan’s husband Stephen was also on the boat.”

How incredibly sad.

Here’s a reminder of David’s Channel swim…

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