Holiday tragedy inspires parents to launch charity in memory of Blossom
THE parents of a four-year-old girl from Skelmersdale who died in a tragic holiday accident have launched a charity aimed at preventing other youngsters losing their lives in similar circumstances.
Blossom Iris Kelly drowned in a hotel swimming pool during a family holiday in Spain last August.
After being pulled from the pool, the youngster was airlifted to hospital in Barcelona but despite the best efforts of doctors there her mother, Vicky had to make the agonising decision to switch off her life support.
Blossom had been unable to swim despite attending weekly lessons at a local swimming pool.
And following their loss, Vicky and dad Kris came up with the idea of the charity, named Blossom’s Legacy, with the aim of ensuring other parents didn’t suffer the same heartache as them.
The charity was officially launched on Friday, June 16 at St Francis of Assisi RC Primary School in Blakehall, where Blossom was a pupil.
Kris said: “Launching this charity has been really important to us and has helped us to come to terms with what has happened. We have also been able to do something in Blossom’s name. The feedback we have had so far from the charity has been very positive.”
On the charity's JustGiving website he added: “Following the tragic events we are surprised to see how common accidental drowning is in the UK.
“Blossom’s story inspired an outpouring of support. We are hoping to raise funds to provide interventions such as creating safer environments, providing swimming lessons, water safety education and CPR. Blossom’s story will hopefully prevent this happening to anyone else.”
As part of the charity a trial swimming programme is being launched at St Francis of Assisi with West Lancashire School Sports Partnership.
Blossom’s former classmates will learn how to float on their back and shout for help if they accidentally fall into water. It is hoped other schools in West Lancashire will take up the programme.
Four CPR training sessions are also being held from June 26/27 for parents.
Credit cards with water safety tips are also being introduced. These will have emergency contact numbers on and advice on CPR. It is hoped that every child in West Lancs will be issued with one.
The launch was attended by various speakers including teachers explaining what the lessons will be like and also a First Aid trainer.
Parents were also invited to see the programme and how it will help them.