WIGAN youngsters are being urged to stay safe around water as part of Drowning Prevention Week.
The national campaign, run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS), aims to reduce the number of drowning and near drowning incidents that occur in the UK every year, by showing people how to be careful near water.
And the campaign has a particularly strong resonance in Wigan this year following the recent death of local schoolboy Miracle Godson in a quarry tragedy at Appley Bridge
RLSS encourages schools, clubs, leisure centres and communities to come up with new ways to show people how they can have fun and stay safe around water.
During the week, which runs from today until Sunday June 28, baby and toddler swimming specialists at Puddle Ducks South Lancs is hosting pyjama parties at DW Sports in Wigan. Each member enrolled at Puddle Ducks South Lancs receives a water safety pack and sponsorship form. All money raised during the pyjama parties will go to the RLSS and its ongoing work to reduce the number of drowning incidents in the UK.
Owner Tracey Hargraves said: “With drowning still the third highest cause of death amongst children in the UK, we want to bring water safety to the forefront of parents minds this summer - and keep our little ones out of danger.
“While water safety is at the core of the Puddle Ducks swimming programme, it’s imperative to spread the drowning prevention message beyond our own customers and out to the local community.” The week holds particular significance this year, following 13-year-old Miracle’s drowning. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is working with schools using its educational pack Dying for a Dip with two videos highlighting the potentially devastating consequences of swimming in open water.