Hotel does street party for Dylan

Beckie Ramsay at street party

Beckie Ramsay at street party

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Crowds gathered at a hotel’s street party to back a heartbroken Chorley mum’s water safety campaign.

The Charnock Hotel, in Preston, held the event on April 21, to mark St George’s Day and to raise funds for Beckie Ramsay’s ‘Doing it for Dylan’ campaign.

Beginning at 11am, the St Anne’s Street event, which included a bouncy castle, face painting and a tombola, lasted until approximately 6pm.

Beckie is currently in the process of raising awareness of the dangers of water, after her son, Dylan, 13, died while swimming in Whittle Hill Quarry last year.

She will be visiting schools across Chorley, Leyland and Preston to share her story and give a Powerpoint presentation to the pupils about the risks of water.

Landlady of The Charnock Hotel, Angela Parkinson, was moved by Beckie’s work, and decided to share the money between the ‘Doing it for Dylan’ campaign and the Katy Holmes appeal.

Angela, who has been at the hotel for just over two years, said: “It was a great day, and the kids enjoyed themselves.

“I am absolutely made up that we could do something for the ‘Doing it for Dylan’ campaign.

“It is for a good cause, and kids do need to be made aware of the dangers of quarries.

“We had pictures of Dylan in the window of the pub, and I had a sign made that said ‘Doing it for Dylan’.

“People were asking me about the campaign, and everybody was happy with the fact we had chosen it as this year’s charity.

“The event brought the community together as well.”

This is the second time that Angela has held a St George’s Day street party, and Beckie would like to thank her for being so supportive of the campaign.

Beckie, from Church Hill, said: “Angela chose the campaign, because my brother lives on St Anne’s Street.

“She donates to different charities each year, and this year it was ‘Doing it for Dylan’.

“The campaign is all taking off - it is a mad rush now.

“I am very grateful for everything Angela has done.”

£153 was raised from the street party.

To see how the campaign is progressing, follow Beckie on Twitter at @missmybabyboy, and use the hashtag #DoingitforDylan, which has already created a worldwide ‘trend’.

To make a donation to the campaign visit www.dylanramsay.com.

Beckie also welcomes e-mails from people concerned over the suitability of areas for swimming, or who want to show their support.

To do so, e-mail beckieramsay@hotmail.com.