Campaigning mum plans new cold water challenge

CHALLENGE: Beckie Ramsay is campaigning in memory of her son, Dylan
CHALLENGE: Beckie Ramsay is campaigning in memory of her son, Dylan
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A mum who has promoted water safety since the death of her teenage son is taking her message around the country.

Beckie Ramsay launched the Doing it For Dylan campaign when her 13-year-old son, Dylan, died after swimming at a quarry in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley, in 2011.

She visits schools to talk to children about the dangers of swimming outdoors.

Beckie, 34, is now planning a 250-mile trip around England to speak to those involved in water rescues.

She decided to organise the trip - named the Cold Water Shock Awareness Challenge - after being nominated to take part in the ice bucket challenge online.

She said: “I felt that going into schools telling children that cold water kills and then throwing a bucket of water on myself was sending mixed messages.

“I decided to do something to raise awareness of what cold water can do and the effects on the body.”

During the challenge, Beckie hopes to find out more about water rescues and tell people about her campaign.

She will take the full water safety kit needed for people carrying out water rescues.

There has already been interest from fire stations and rescue teams around the country and she will be taking in Manchester, Mansfield and Birmingham as part of the trip.

Beckie, of Church Hill, Whittle-le-Woods, said: “I’m going to give them some Doing It For Dylan leaflets and some cold water shock leaflets.

“Hopefully they will take them on board and use them in their learning resource packs in schools when they are teaching water safety.”

She will set off on Saturday, October 25.

To get involved, email beckieramsay@hotmail.com.