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Campaigning mum backs national awareness week

Beckie Ramsay's son Dylan, 13, died at a quarry

Beckie Ramsay's son Dylan, 13, died at a quarry

 

The mum of a teenager who died at a quarry has given her backing to a campaign to prevent drownings.

Dylan Ramsay, 13, got into difficulty while swimming at Hill Top Quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods, in July 2011.

Since then, his mum Beckie has been working to promote water safety and launched the Doing It For Dylan campaign in his memory.

She has now added her support to Drowning Prevention Week, which starts on Saturday, June 21 and is a national campaign by Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK).

Beckie, of Church Hill, Whittle-le-Woods, said: “It is really important that everybody knows about Drowning Prevention Week.

“It will raise awareness of how dangerous swimming in outside water is.

“More drownings happen in outside water than in swimming pools.”

Beckie, 34, will talk about outdoor water safety at seven schools during the week.

She has also arranged for information to be distributed to pupils at Manor Road Primary School, which Dylan had attended.

Beckie is currently running a competition for people to put together their own poster, danger sign, poem, song, short film or anything else to highlight water safety.

The closing date is Saturday, June 21, to coincide with Drowning Prevention Week.

And Doing It For Dylan will make a donation to RLSS UK during the week.

This year’s national campaign will target children aged 11 to 15, particularly boys, after more than 30 people drowned in seven weeks last summer.

Beckie said: “I think it’s brilliant. Before it has been aimed at younger people and we have a massive problem with 11 to 15 year-olds dying in outside water, Dylan being one of them.”

A hard-hitting film has been produced by the charity to show the dangers of water.

RLSS UK’s chief executive, Di Steer, said: “We all know water is fun and we do not want to scare young people from ever going near it. But it is important for them to know that frivolity can very quickly turn to fatality if great care is not taken.

“Young people often believe they are immortal and take unnecessary risks. We want to make them aware of dangers they may not have thought of and stop them from making blind decisions that could be life changing or even life ending.”

For more information, go to www.drowningpreventionweek.org.uk or visit the Doing It For Dylan Facebook page at www.facebook.com/doingitfordylan.

 

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