Sign for safer swimming

Beckie Ramsay, mum of Dylan, who died while swimming in a quarry, pictured beside the wall he loved to do handstands against
Beckie Ramsay, mum of Dylan, who died while swimming in a quarry, pictured beside the wall he loved to do handstands against
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A campaigning Chorley mother has launched a petition to make swimming and water safety lessons compulsory for all children.

Beckie Ramsay’s own son, Dylan, was only 13 years old when he drowned at Hill Top Quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods.

She has now set out to collect 100,000 signatures to have the idea of including water safety lessons to the National Curriculum debated in Parliament.

The mum-of-four said: “Since launching the Doing it for Dylan campaign we have managed to really highlight the dangers of swimming in open water locally, but we now want to take that message to a much wider audience.

“I think it’s really important that children not only learn to swim at primary school, but are taught about the hidden dangers.

“We hear on the news all the time about youngsters drowning and we urgently need to do something to stop more young lives being wasted.

“I feel sick every time I hear that another family is having to go through the nightmare we are and I want kids to learn these valuable life schools while they are still young.

“I travel around schools telling my story and teaching them as much as I can.

“They want to listen and really take it on board.

“Hopefully we will collect enough signatures to make sure the Government look into doing something nationally.”

Beckie, who is a water safety volunteer with Manchester Fire and Rescue, has also helped produce a DVD that more than 30,000 people have viewed online.

She added: “Drowning is one of the top killers every year, but there is a void in the curriculum.

“I have been approached by Bolton University and they will be helping me promote Doing it for Dylan which is fantastic.

“I’ve also met with a lot of different groups and MPs to get my message out there, but I want to try to get my booklets and the DVD out to all schools in the country. I’d love to here from anyone who might be able to help.”

Speaking of her son’s tragic death, Beckie said: “It was a terrible accident and we’ll never get over it. I just hope that Dylan is looking down on us and is proud of what I’m doing with the campaign.

“They say that time is a healer, but I just miss him more everyday.”