Kemptown MP pledges support to Royal Life Saving Society

Sarah Green June 17, 2015

Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven pledges his support to the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) after the charity’s trip to Westminster.

Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven
Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven

Mr Kirby pledged his support to the Royal Life Saving Society UK on Tuesday, June 16 and the crucial work it does in reducing drowning, providing water safety education and lifesaving awards across the UK and Ireland.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK sent representatives to Westminster Palace ahead of its annual national campaign, Drowning Prevention Week which this year runs from June 20 to June 28. They hoped to gain the support of MPs, so they in turn can support their constituents with drowning prevention messages.

Throughout the afternoon, CPR workshops and water safety advice sessions were held, where the RLSS UK invited Simon to find out more about the charity and how best he support his constituents.

Simon then signed the RLSS UK’s pledge “to support RLSS UK in their aim to reduce the rate of drownings in the UK”.

RLSS UK Chief Executive, Di Steer, said: “The number of accidental drowning incidences has, over the last few years, reached a plateau of around 400. There is no quick fix to get this number down further. There are many at-risk groups for many different reasons. Education to instil a change in behaviour is considered the only method that will reach the final 400, as well as future generations, and help prevent these tragic deaths and accidents.”

“We can’t do it alone. We need everyone’s help to raise awareness about the reality of accidental drowning, and to get water safety at the forefront of people’s minds.”

Simon added: “The RLSS do a fantastic job and I fully support them in their efforts to raise awareness of accidental drowning and get water safety education taught in all schools.”