York & North Yorkshire

Canoeist Kate Stainsby's death will 'change lives'

The partner of a woman who died in a canoe accident on New Year's Day has said her organs are being donated to people needing transplants.

Kate Stainsby, 41, from Swinton, near Malton, North Yorkshire, was canoeing on the River Rawthey at Sedbergh, Cumbria, when her canoe capsized.

She was airlifted to hospital in Preston but died on 4 January.

Her partner, Paul Simpson, said he had been told about 20 people would benefit from the organs.

"Within 24 hours a man had a new heart fitted so he will have a new lease of life," he said.

'Love for life'

Ms Stainsby's liver, pancreas and kidneys were also donated for transplants.

Mr Simpson said the NHS organ donation co-ordination team told him that 20 or more people would benefit from the transplants.

He said his partner, who had a three-year-old daughter, had a "love for life" and was a keen mountain biker and had sailed around the world.

"Her brother said to me when we were in the hospital, 'I like to think to myself that one of those people will one day find themselves at the top of a hill and think, What am I doing here? I've never done this before'

"I hold that in my mind."

Mr Simpson said Ms Stainsby, a member of York Canoe Club, had canoed in Canada, Nepal, France and all over the UK.

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