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GMFRS Volunteer wins top RoSPA Award for water safety work

A GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) Volunteer has won a top award for her tireless work trying to improve the safety of young people from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Beckie Ramsay - who's 13-year-old son Dylan drowned in a quarry three years ago - picked up an Arcangel award from RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) at their Guardian Angel Awards on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Beckie Ramsay Leigh

Last night, at a gala banquet in Birmingham, she received an Archangel Award - the highest accolade in the Guardian Angel Awards.

Since Dylan's death, when he was swimming at Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods, near his home in Chorley in July 2011, Beckie has worked hard to prevent other families going through the same tragic experience.

For the past year, she has been a dedicated GMFRS Volunteer, regularly delivering powerful water safety talks to schools and young people in the county.

"Doing it for Dylan" is the water safety campaign set up in Dylan's memory by his family, which uses social media to make sure that water safety advice has a constant presence in the press and on Facebook and Twitter.

GMFRS Director of Prevention and Protection Geoff Harris said: "We are delighted that Beckie's tireless work for GMFRS in memory of her son Dylan has led to her being recognised in this way.

"A chance encounter with @manchesterfire on Twitter led to Beckie joining GMFRS as a Volunteer early last year and her emotive story always has a huge and lasting impact on the young people she speaks to.

"Thanks to Beckie's dedication volunteering for us in Dylan's memory - she helps us spread the word of how dangerous swimming in open water can be, doubtless preventing countless fatalities."

RoSPA, the UK's family safety charity, established the Guardian Angel Awards as a way of shining a light on individuals whose commitment to safety and accident prevention is displayed through personal initiative, diligence and enthusiasm.

It is the first time that RoSPA, a charity with a history stretching back more than 97 years, has run an awards scheme for individuals.

Beckie received her award from Lord Brougham and Vaux, RoSPA vice-president, and Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA chief executive.

RoSPA web Awards 2014_Beckie Ramsey

Tom Mullarkey said: "It is for her exceptional commitment to accident prevention that Beckie has received an Archangel Award.

"Through the grief of losing Dylan, Beckie has developed an incredibly powerful and poignant determination - that no other family should endure what her own family has.

"The presentations she gives always make a lasting impression on the young people she shares her story with, encouraging them to think about the risks around water. We recognise her selfless attitude and desire for the best for other people and wish her much success going forwards."

Last update: 23/03/2016 08:19:28
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