Support for ‘Doing it for Dylan’ 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
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A swimming teacher is supporting the water safety campaign of a heartbroken Chorley mum.

Angela Lorde, who teaches students at Fulwood Leisure Centre, was touched by the story of Beckie Ramsay, whose son, Dylan, died while swimming at Whittle Hill Quarry last year.

After hearing that Beckie was starting a school’s tour, to raise awareness of the importance of water safety, Angela decided that she would like to get involved.

She has now got over 30 schools in Preston interested, meaning that Beckie will be now be taking her campaign even further afield.

She said: “We do a lot of water safety ourselves, and it is part of the Key Stage Two syllabus.

“It is important for children to learn about water safety, and Beckie can give a firsthand experience to the children and let them know how it feels.

“We used to go into schools a lot ten years ago, but the school budget for swimming got cut down.

“We have offered Beckie the leisure centre to do fundraising events, and she can use any facilities if she wants them.”

Beckie, from Church Hill, said: “Angela wants to be a big part of the school’s tour.

“There is talk of putting pictures of Dylan up in the leisure centre, and there has been positive feedback from her.

“To get more schools, is getting my message out there more.

“I am grateful for all the help that she is giving me.

“She has said that if I ever need her out of hours, I can give her a ring, which is nice.”

As well as her school tour, Beckie has now started preparing for a sponsored walk on the day that Dylan died, July 3.

Sponsor forms are available by e-mailing Beckie at beckieramsay@hotmail.com. Anyone is welcome to join.

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