Olympic swimming star Sharron Davies and Paralympic gold medalist Stephanie Millward join Chorley mum’s water safety crusade

Beckie’s son Dylan died aged 13 in July 2011 after struggling to swim at Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods.

>>> Click here for Dylan’s story and Beckie’s campaign work

For nearly 11 years, Beckie of Chorley has been an advocate for greater awareness of water safety and in particular open water swimming, under the Doing It For Dylan banner.

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She wants to make water safety education mandatory in the national curriculum – and now Olympic gold medalist Sharron Davies and Paralympian Stephanie Millward are backing the plans.

Department of Education

Tomorrow (Thursday), Beckie will meet with the Department for Education to discuss her goals, after a petition about it garnered more than 100,000 signatures.

She was spurred on by Sharron and Stephanie’s contribution, having had the chance to sit down and talk with them in person last weekend – eight years after Sharron began supporting Beckie’s work with retweets and social media followings. The chance meeting of the three women took place after Beckie was invited to London to meet Stephanie and Lord Frank Woodford, chief executive of the Maritime Association.

From left to right: Sharron Davies, Beckie Ramsay and Stephanie Millward

Afterwards, Beckie spent the night with Stephanie at her home in Bath, and after realizing Sharron Davies lived nearby, she messaged him on social media.

“She replied saying she was going to walk her dog and I would like to join her. I was not expecting this at all, I was stunned.

“I met her the next day and the three of us ended up going to the cafe for two and a half hours.

“I felt like I had known them all my life.”

Undated handout photo released by Lancashire Police of Dylan Ramsay, 13, who drowned while swimming at Hilltop Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods, near Chorley, on Sunday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday July 4, 2011. See PA Story POLICE Drowning. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the image may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Beckie said between them they had “big, big plans” to raise awareness about water safety and hoped to put together a video to show in classrooms.

Beckie said: “They come at it from a different angle than me, and maybe because of their profiles the kids will see it differently.

“Going to speak to the Ministry of Education, it was also good to know what they thought was missing for me to be fully covered, and they mentioned the number of pool closures.”

She added: “These two women really want to make a difference. I’ve hit so many walls over the past 11 years and it shouldn’t have taken this long to get this far – but now I have the feel like we’re really going somewhere, and on a different route with a lot of publicity.”

Photo Neil Cross; Beckie Ramsay has received a Parliament Prize for campaigning on behalf of her son Dylan

Sharon Davies

Sharron Davies has also supported Beckie’s plans to start a charity in Dylan’s name.

Announcing it late last year, Sharron Davies said: “Swimming is the most amazing sport that can save life and provide fun for the whole family, from cradle to grave.

“But, we have to respect the water and understand that terrible things can happen when you least expect it.

“Doing it for Dylan is a wonderful charity, raising awareness and helping in a constructive way so we can make sure everyone is more aware of water safety.”