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Rainbows supporters take to the water in memory of much loved Ambassador

Our families, staff and volunteers are taking the plunge in a 24 hour swimathon in memory of Susan Taylor who tragically died while swimming the English Channel earlier this year.

For more than two years, Susan was a much loved ambassador and fundraiser at Rainbows. Sadly she lost her life in July while aiming to swim across the Channel for us.

As a thank you for all of Susan’s work for us and to honour her memory, children, young people, families, staff and volunteers will be taking a dip in our hydrotherapy pool on Friday 29 November over a 24 hour period.

More than 70 people are aiming to swim the equivalent of the 59 miles of the River Soar.

Philip Yorkstone, pool coordinator at Rainbows, has organised the event. He said: “Susan was an amazing fundraiser for Rainbows and given her love of swimming, we thought this was a great way to pay tribute to her. Many people knew and loved Susan and we wanted a way to say thank you for the support she provided to everyone at the hospice.”

Susan’s brother, David Wright, added: “Susan loved to swim and she was proud to be an ambassador for Rainbows so this seems a perfect way to commemorate her life. Susan was always first in line to do anything that was fun, especially if it was for Rainbows, so we hope lots of people will get involved and take a dip to raise money.”

The 24 hour swimathon is part of Make a Splash, organised by GEM 106 to bring the East Midlands together in memory of Susan.

For more information on Make a Splash and how to get involved visit www.gem106.co.uk/splash/ or if you would like sponsor our swimmers visit www.justgiving.com/rainbows-splash