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The family of tragic cross-Channel swimmer Susan Taylor have said they are “disappointed and upset” after a six-figure donation for the fundraiser’s charity efforts turned out to be a hoax.
Mrs Taylor, 34, collapsed just one mile from the French coast as she swam under the guidance of the Channel Swimming Association, which officially authorises attempts, on Sunday July 14. […]
Her death prompted thousands of people to donate to Mrs Taylor’s two fundraising pages, in support of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and Diabetes UK.
However, it has now emerged one donation to Rainbows, of £150,000, was a fake – something the charity described as an “appalling act at such a tragic and emotional time”. It is believed a similar hoax pledge was also made to Diabetes UK.