Inaugural success for the Royal Life Saving Society UK’s Autumn Walk

31 October 2017

(L-R) Vicki Hartley-Kite, RLSS UK Director of Communications & Public Affairs, Di Steer, RLSS UK CEO, Perry Buoy RLSS UK mascot, Coun. Steve Mackay and wife Alison.

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) was delighted with the enthusiastic turn out for it’s very first autumn walk last Monday (October 23).

Having relocated to Worcester in January, the drowning prevention charity was keen that people came along to find out more about its work, as well as to learn important water safety information that could save lives.

RLSS UK CEO, Di Steer kicked off proceedings at Waitrose on London Road as walkers young and old joined The Mayor of Worcester, Coun. Steve Mackay and RLSS UK mascot Perry on the 2 ½ mile route, finishing with a welcome complementary hot drink from The Anchor Inn, at Diglis Basin Marina:

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event and we hope it gave walkers an insight into some of the work we do” she added.

As well as raising funds for the charity, there were some light-hearted opportunities to take on board some interesting facts and education on water safety along the way; with a lifesaving rope-throw demonstration, open water swimming information and further support from The Canal & River Trust.

Coun. Steve Mackay said: “I am so glad I was able to attend the walk. The dry weather and an easy route meant everyone was able to enjoy the walk at their pace, and take advantage of the information and some sweet treats on the way! It was well organised by RLSS UK and I hope that there’s another one planned soon.”

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) is the drowning prevention charity.  Around 400 people drown in the UK every year and the RLSS UK aims to prevent drowning through water safety education.

RLSS UK is the UK’s leading provider of training and education in lifesaving, lifeguarding, water safety and life support skills in the UK.  It is also the governing body for Lifesaving Sport.

Through its trading subsidiary, IQL UK, there are more than 90,000 RLSS UK Pool Lifeguards in the UK trained in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ). Around 95 per cent of all pool lifeguards are trained by the RLSS UK.

RLSS UK awards and programmes teach a range of lifesaving skills ranging from life support (CPR) to water survival and rescue skills. Programmes include Rookie Lifeguard (for eight to12-year–olds), Survive and Save (for 12 years+) and Save a Baby’s Life (a free course aimed at parents and carers of young children).

The RLSS UK (then the Life Saving Society) was formed in 1891. In 1904, as there was great support for the organisation from the Royal Family, the society was granted permission to use the Royal title and became the Royal Life Saving Society.

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