Andrew Mcgeown Legacy Fund
‘This station project heralds an exciting era in Scarborough RNLI's rich and long lifesaving history. ’ Andrew Ashton, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager
Andrew's family and friends set up the legacy fund to help raise funds for 'swim safe' courses in Scarborough and the surrounding beaches after after his tragic death, from drowning, in the south bay. Andrew had been walking his dog on a stormy evening in Febuary 2015. The dog went into the water and Andrew tried in vain to rescue him. The Inshore Lifeboat was called out but inspite of valiant efforts in getting Andrew to shore, Andrew lost his life. The ILB helm Ruddi Barman was awarded the RNLI Bronze Medal for his and his crews efforts in the rescue. Many of the crew knew Andy and Andy's relatives are now very involved in volunteering for the lifeboat and lifeguard services in Scarborough.
Donna is Andrew's sister and is instrumental in the work of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.
Swim Safe runs for three weeks from 5-10 August and 19-23 August at North Bay. It is funded by the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund
- Swim Safe is a free, fun outdoor swimming and water safety activity for children aged 7 to 14, created by Swim England and the RNLI
- Swim Safe teaches young people how to stay safe in and around open water and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty
- Swim England and the RNLI work closely with Swim Wales and a range of local partners to run Swim Safe at more coastal and inland locations than ever
- The hour-long sessions are led by trained swimming instructors and qualified lifeguards, supported by teams of volunteers
- Children must be aged 7 to 14 and able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part
- To find out more and book your child's free place, visit Swim Safe
- Swim Safe is funded through a partnership between Swim England and the RNLI
Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund News
SwimSafe volunteer awards
Two members of the Scarborough RNLI team have been awarded with framed certificates recognising their dedication and hard work for the charity's annual Swim Safe campaign and the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund.
Simon and Donna Loveland are pictured in the lifeboathouse with their certificates and daughter Ruby, 14, and Donna's brothers, Peter and Gary McGeown, and their parents, Peter and Julie McGeown.
Over a thousand children take part in Scarborough Swimsafe
About a thousand youngsters took advantage of the RNLI's Swim Safe programme in Scarborough this summer.
The borough mayor, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, visited the RNLI team who were helping with Swim Safe on the north beach.
Mike Kemp of Radio York interviewed several participants for a piece that was broadcast on the station's breakfast show twice.
Swim Safe is for children aged 7-14 to learn vital water-safety skills for free.
They learn how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone else, get into difficulty in the water.
The fun, hour-long sessions took place at the Beach Management Centre in the north bay.
The money to run the programme were raised as part of the Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund. Andrew was a well-loved local man who died after going into the water to rescue his dog, despite efforts by Scarborough RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew to rescue him.
Children must be able to swim 25 metres unaided to take part. The sessions begin with them receiving water-safety advice on land, before heading into the water for practical tuition with qualified instructors.
Children only need to bring their swim suit and a towel, as all the kit to take part, including wetsuits, swim hats and flotation equipment, is provided. They will get free Swim Safe goodies to take home.
RNLI lifeguard supervisor Helen Peterson says: "Children love swimming outdoors, but it's very different to swimming in a pool, where most children learn to swim. It's essential that children learn where it is safe to swim, how to stay safe and what to do if they get into trouble.
"We want all children to grow up learning these vital life skills. Our partnership with Swim England has enabled us to run these sessions for free. They are a chance for parents and carers to get advice on helping their children stay safe around open water".
Swim England and the RNLI created Swim Safe in 2013. Having grown year on year, it is this year running at 36 beach and inland water locations across England, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The programme aims to support the UK Drowning Prevention Strategy's aim of reducing accidental drowning by 50% by 2026.
For more information about Swim Safe, visit swimsafe.org.uk.
Three-legged pub crawl Saturday 31 August
Three legged pub crawl to raise funds for Andrew McGeown legacy fund.
Contact Donna Loveland if interested in taking part.
m: 07719 016 992
Starting at The Cask and finishing at the New Tavern
Thorpe Solicitors Generous Donation
Staff at Thorpe & Co Solicitors in Scarborough raised Â£834.45 through 2018 for the RNLI's Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund. The money raised by the staff was from various events throughout the year, such as Dress Down Days, Biggest Weight Loser, and a Great British Bake Off.
The Â£834.45 will go towards teachiing children aged from 7 years to 14 years about swimming safely in the sea and open water during August.
Pictured is Donna Loveland, a representative from the RNLI's Andrew McGeown Legacy Fund accepting the cheque from staff at Thorpe & Co Solicitors.
The money will be used to help train children in water safety at Scarborough's two beaches.