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Mum in water safety campaign for tragic son

Dylan Ramsay

Dylan Ramsay

A grieving mum is continuing to promote water safety after her teenage son drowned while swimming in a quarry.

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

She was invited to speak about water safety at an annual conference held by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), the professional voice of the UK fire and rescue service.

Beckie, of Church Hill, Whittle-le-Woods, held a workshop as part of the two-day conference in Nottingham.

Literature about her campaign was given to everyone who attended the conference.

Beckie spoke to fire officers from around the country about water safety and how they could prevent similar incidents in future.

Beckie, 33, said: “None of the fire services are doing anything really with regards to prevention.

“I was trying to help them to realise that it is a massive deal and something does need to be done.

“I think the message has got across.”

Since Dylan died, Beckie has been working with schools and emergency services to teach youngsters about the dangers of swimming in open water.

She visited Balshaw’s High School in Leyland yesterday to give a talk to pupils.

Beckie has a petition calling on the Government to introduce compulsory swimming and water safety lessons for school children.

And a video featuring Beckie and some of Dylan’s friends, filmed last year, is being shown again on Greater Manchester Fire And Rescue Service’s website this summer.

It has been seen by more than 2,000 people on YouTube.

She is determined to keep campaigning for water safety in memory of Dylan.

Beckie said: “I’d like to hope that he is proud of what I’m doing. I just know he can’t have died in vain.

“At the end of the day, Dylan was too special to have lived and died and in this way, his memory lives on.”

To find out more about Beckie’s campaign, email her at beckieramsay@hotmail.com, follow her on Twitter @missmybabyboy or visit www.facebook.com/DoingItForDylan.

 

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