Nadhim Zahawi MP Adopts A School for the Royal Life Saving Society UK

28 November 2017

Pupils at St. Gregory’s Catholic School in Stratford upon Avon, are all set to welcome local MP, Nadhim Zahawi, to join their water safety session, alongside Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) representatives Emily Morris and Isabel Pitts.

RLSS UK’s Adopt A School (AAS) scheme, started life as part of the charity’s Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) and looks to empower members, volunteers, parents and teachers, to access and promote effective water safety education in their local schools and help save lives.

Armed with free resources and safe in the knowledge that all aspects meet KS2 national curriculum standards (or equivalent), AAS has already proved a valuable addition to the DPW toolkit, as an achievable way to educate children and help to prevent tragic losses of life to drowning.

Emily Morris, RLSS UK Corporate Assistant said: “Around 400 people lose their life to drowning with thousands more suffering life-changing injuries through near-drowning experiences. Our Adopt A School scheme plays a vital role in educating youngsters on how to keep them and their friends safe, around water, whatever time of year.”

Nadhim Zahawi said: “As Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention, I am delighted that initiatives like Adopt A School exist and are proving so effective at keeping people safe, whatever their age. I am looking forward to seeing what the session has in store for me!”

RLSS UK Volunteer Officer, Isabel Pitts added: “It’s our job to make sure that Adopt A School is not only effective in its education but the children have fun too – it’s a sure-fire way make sure the message hits home. If the children can take important lessons away from our session, to share with family and friends – so much the better for everyone!” 

For more information on water safety, Adopt A School and Drowning Prevention Week, visit: rlss.org.uk/water-safety

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.

Drowning Prevention Week is the national campaign run by the Royal Life Saving Society UK to cut down the number of accidental drownings that occur each year and support families affected by drowning. The next campaign will run from June 15 – 25, 2018.

For more information and interview/spokesperson opportunities contact Claire Huggins by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 323 0096 opt 1.