Brave mum starts school tour

Photo: David Hurst'Beckie Ramsay, mum of Dylan, who died while swimming in a quarry, pictured beside the wall he loved to do handstands against
Photo: David Hurst'Beckie Ramsay, mum of Dylan, who died while swimming in a quarry, pictured beside the wall he loved to do handstands against

A brave mum whose son died while swimming in a Chorley quarr has launched a water safety campaign in the assembly of the school that he ‘loved’.

Beckie Ramsay battled with her nerves as she talked to the schoolyear that her son, Dylan Ramsay, 13, would have been in, before he was cruelly snatched away at Whittle Hill Quarry last year.

Pupils at Parklands High School listened as Beckie introduced the ‘Doing it for Dylan’ campaign, and shared a Powerpoint presentation, including the dangers of water and a poignant song from one of Dylan’s friends.

Having faced her first hurdle, Beckie will now continue her appeal, around other Chorley and Leyland schools, including St Michael’s CE High School, and Balshaws High School.

Beckie, from Church Hill, said: “I was really nervous, but there were some really nice comments on Twitter when I got home, and some of the kids came and gave me a hug after.

“I couldn’t look at the pupil’s faces, as I knew it was Dylan’s year and that made it harder.

“You go thinking ‘I can do this’, but the reality is when there are 400 kids in front of you, it becomes quite scary.

“I am glad it has started now, and I hope that Dylan is proud of me.”

Sara Haslam, head of Year 9 at Parklands High School, said: “The assembly went very well, it was informative and moving especially as Dylan was a former Parklands pupil. Mrs Ramsay’s presentation was well received by staff and pupils alike.”

For more information on the campaign follow Beckie on Twitter at @missmybabyboy, and use the hashtag #DoingitforDylan.

To make a donation visit www.dylanramsay.com, and e-mail Beckie at beckieramsay@hotmail.com if you have concerns of the suitability of areas for swimming.