British actor David Walliams has donated $1,550 (£1,000) to the charity campaign of a British woman who died while attempting to swim across the English Channel to France.

Susan Taylor, 34, was inspired to take on the challenge by the Little Britain star's 2006 swim from England to France for Britain's Comic Relief charity but died on Sunday (14Jul13) after experiencing respiratory trouble.

She was pulled form the water one mile from the French coast after getting into difficulty but was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Walliams was among hundreds of well-wishers who visited Taylor's fundraising page in the wake of the tragedy to donate to her chosen charities.

The funnyman took to his page to share a link to the site alongside the message, "Susan Taylor's channel swim attempt very sadly ended in tragedy... Despite the shock & sadness, it's good to see heroic Susan Taylor's charity total rising. Please give what you can."

Fundraising efforts had reached $55,161 (£35,588) at the time Wenn went to press.