Mum’s call for signatures as milestone approaches

Beckie Ramsay is collecting signatures as Dylan's 18th birthday approaches

Beckie Ramsay is collecting signatures as Dylan's 18th birthday approaches

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A grieving mum has renewed her campaign for drowning prevention to be taught in all schools ahead of what would have been her son’s 18th birthday.

Dylan Ramsay was just 13 when he died at a quarry in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley, in 2011.

Since then, his mum Beckie has been raising awareness of water safety through her Doing It For Dylan campaign.

She has now set up a new petition calling for drowning prevention to be taught at an age appropriate level on the national curriculum.

More than 670 people have signed the petition in a week.

The Government will respond if Beckie gets 10,000 signatures in six months and if she gets 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.

“There are about 400 reasons every year to sign the petition because there are roughly 400 people every year who die. My signature is for my son.”

Beckie Ramsay

Beckie, of Church Hill, Whittle-le-Woods, hopes as many people as possible will support the petition as she would like to reach 100,000 signatures.

She said: “There are about 400 reasons every year to sign the petition because there are roughly 400 people every year who die.

“My signature is for my son.”

Beckie’s new petition comes just weeks before what would have been Dylan’s 18th birthday, October 17.

To mark the occasion, Beckie is holding an event that evening at the Dog Inn in Whittle-le-Woods where people can remember Dylan.

Singer Brian Hobbs will perform and there will be fireworks.

Beckie is continuing the Doing It For Dylan campaign and she has recently been approached by the Swimming Teachers’ Association to look at working together.

To sign the petition, go to petition.parliament.uk/petitions/108490.