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Water safety hero honoured at National Lottery Awards

Credit: National Lottery

Water safety campaigner Debbie Turnbull is to be honoured with a Special Achievement Award at this year's National Lottery Awards.

Debbie's teenage son Chris drowned in 2006 while swimming with friends at Pont Cyfryng Falls in Gwynedd.

She set up River and Sea Sense, an organisation which tries to educate youngsters about water safety, to prevent another family from experiencing the same tragedy.

Debbie is being recognised for her work teaching water safety and CPR to children and young adults across Wales and the UK.

I am shocked and honoured to receive this award.

By October I’ll have addressed almost 200,000 children, and every one I speak to helps me make some sense of what happened to Chris.

National Lottery funding has helped me reach out to these young people to give them a simple message: enjoy playing in water, but be aware of its dangers.

Winning this special National Lottery Award is recognition of the importance of this message, and I’d like to thank National Lottery players for supporting this and so many other life-changing, amazing charities.

– Debbie Turnbull, River and Sea Sense

Their stories will make you smile, they will make you cry, but above all, if you play the National Lottery, they will make you swell with pride to have supported these inspirational individuals and organisations.

Debbie Turnbull is a remarkable woman of great courage and conviction who has helped so many people.

– Ore Oduba, presenter