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Cemex supports water safety charity

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Cemex has been supporting a mother, whose son drowned ten years ago in North Wales, to spread her water safety message across the UK.

Debbie Turnbull, who lives close to Cemex’s Halkyn quarry in Flintshire, set up the charity, RASS (River and Sea Sense), and has addressed over 175 000 young people over the past ten years, as well as putting on events to raise awareness of the dangers of open water throughout North Wales and other parts of the UK. During her talks she relates her powerful story of how her son lost his life to drowning and how young people can stay safe around water.

Debbie has been working with Cemex to organise and implement a further series of local assemblies, lessons and events on water safety. Over 3000 children have taken part so far.

Rob Doody, Aggregates Operations Director, Cemex UK commented "I would like to thank Debbie for the work she has done in raising awareness of water safety. Many quarries have areas of water which can pose real dangers due to the depth and the temperature of the water and they are very tempting particularly in hot weather. “We are really pleased with the progress so far and look forward to working with Debbie in 2017. The campaign to improve our young people’s awareness of the dangers of water must continue until we have zero incidents in the UK,” Rob concluded.

Debbie comments “The support from Cemex is a dream come true. I now know that I can grow my work and send out my safety message to even more young people in 2017. In addition I can undertake extra training in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). I truly believe the loss of my son was not in vain.”

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