York & North Yorkshire

Kate Stainsby funeral 'a celebration' of her life

The funeral of a mother who died following a canoe accident has taken place in East Yorkshire.

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 family said the funeral, at East Riding Crematorium, was a "celebration of Kate's life" and they had encouraged people to wear bright clothes.

Ms Stainsby's partner, Paul Simpson, said he had been told about 20 people would benefit from her organs.

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

'No-nonsense attitude'

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

Ms Stainsby's family said the funeral had been an opportunity for all those who knew her to remember her "infectious positivity".

They added: "Kate was renowned for her straightforward approach and no-nonsense attitude - and as a friend she could always be relied upon to provide advice and support, along with a healthy dose of humour.

"As a mother, she was an inspiration.

"Her relationship with Hannah was a joy, and time spent with them doubled as a master class in encouraging the development of a spirited individual.

"The day was a celebration of Kate's life, and we requested that everyone wear bright colours only.

"Donations to the Great North Air Ambulance or Just Giving were welcome in Kate's memory, and a collection for these charities was made."

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