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Launching Waterwise 2011

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Launching Waterwise at Rhyl High School with ITV

Watching the children at Rhyl High School

Walking Back To Happiness Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Sunday Feb 27th 11.30-1.30

Llandudno Pier to Colwyn Bay Pier

This event is to raise funds for an online support network for parents who have lost a child and young people who have lost a friend. A tribute to your loved ones and to raise funds to create this unique service. We will have online interactive support – advice and guidance – recommended reading – forum – tribute pages – blogs – plus setting up meetings initially in North Wales and venturing further afield. This will be a totally unique support network that I hope will become a special place to go when times are tough.

Siince I lost my own son to drowning I have been on a huge journey and am still – however I feel that by helping others to cope and telling my own story – will help them find a place within their hearts and minds where they feel they are free frm some of the pain of loss.

I am asking for a £5 registration fee and sponsorship minimum of £50 – but the more we raise the sooner we can all help eachother.

Fundraising Walk Sponsorship Form 2011

Many Thanks – Debbie Anne Turnbull


Monday, February 7th, 2011

Marqui of Anglesey Column Abseil

Since my son drowned at Capel Curig – I have spoken to almost 50,000 schoolchildren over the past four and a half years about Water Safety.
River And Sea Sense is now entering its official 2nd year and we are growing from strength to strength. Waterwise – Lifesaving Clubs are being set up in North Wales and as are SOS events in schools and Leisure Centres. To be able to continue this valuable work FUNdraising FUN events like …these need your support.

It is £30 to register and payment can be paid by PAYPAL on the website or call Debbie direct and arrange to send a cheque.

It is hoped that individuals could raise a minimum of £95.00 for this special cause – but the sky is really the limit.

I am also inviting sponsorship from companies in amounts of £90 – £180 – £360 – for further details and PR offered for your company in exchange for sponsorship please call Debbie Turnbull on 01492 870600 Office – 07879648568 – Mobile – or e mail – – or message via FACEBOOK

It should be a great day and I would love to have £100 people raising funds for River And Sea Sense if possible – there will be press – radio and hopefully TV coverage.


8.2 – Eight Point Two – willl be managing the event and we all look forward so much to having a GREAT FUN DAY.

See  – for info

Cheque from Wylfa

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Debbie receiving a cheque from Wylfa

Magnox have contributed funds to develop the website. Wylfa Site is an operational power station on a 20.79 hectare site on the north coast of Anglesey between Holyhead and Amlwch. In 2010 Debbie received a welcome cheque from them shown here being presented by a representative of Magnox North. If you would like to be a Sponsor – ie offer your product or service please contact Debbie Turnbull on 01492 543615/07879 648568 or contact us via the contact form.

Mobile Phones can be useful tool for students

Monday, January 31st, 2011


I found your talk very moving last week. The students talked about many of the presentations they had seen but yours was one of the ones that hit home. With living by the sea and a river we often take our safety for granted. We know the dangers and too many ignore them or get caught up in events beyond their control as your son did.

Students are often chastised in school for using their mobile phones but I think your campaign will help them to realise that they are  a useful tool to let parents know they are safe and to get help in an emergency. I told your story to my own sons who are 14 and 17 and go out with their friends at weekends. My eldest has always been very good at responding to calls and texts from me but my youngest forgets to charge his up. He has been much improved this last week now he knows I’m not being nosy I just want him to be able to contact me or others in an emergency.


Stephanie Roberts
Ysgol John Bright
Sensory Support, Specialist Teaching Assistan


Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

CRIW CRAIDD                                                                                                                                                                                 CRUCIAL CREW


Ø  Periods identified within the school year for each LEA.

Ø  SLO to confirm dates with the Head teachers as soon as possible, certainly by 30 June 2010. This needs to be identified during this academic year because of the ‘rarely cover‘ issue in schools.

Ø  Co-ordinator to collate and inform Fire Service who will liaise with the other agencies.



JANUARY Date School Contact person
Mon 10 St Christopher’s Denise Kane
Tues 11 Darland Mrs Vyas-Adams
Wed 12 St Joseph’s Michelle Woodward
Thurs 13 Ruabon Claire Ballamy      01978 822392
Fri 14 Rhosnesni TBA
Mon 17
Tues 18 Clywedog Mandy Kavanagh
Wed 19 Morgan Llwyd Heddus Wyn            01978 315050.
Thurs 20 Penley Lynn Lloyd
Fri 21 Grango Alison Harris       01978  833010


FEB Date School Contact person
Mon 28
Wed 2 Blessed Ed Jones
Thurs 3 Rhyl High
Fri 4 Denbigh High
Mon 7 Glan Clwyd
Tues 8 Prestatyn
Wed 9
Thurs 10 St Brigid’s And possibly Rhuthin Sch?
Fri 11 Brynhyfryd



MARCH Date School Contact person
Mon 28
Tues 29 Eirias Ceri Smith
Wed 30 Emrys ap Iwan John Seymour
Thurs 31 Bryn Elian
Fri 1 John Bright Seamus O’Sullivan
Mon 4 No dates  for Creuddyn, D Conwy
Tues 5
Wed 6
Thurs 7 Gogarth
Fri 8 Aberconwy Pam Williams



MAY Date School Contact person
Mon 2 Bank holiday
Tues 3
Wed 4 Tryfan Nesta Jones
Thurs 5 Dyffryn Ogwen Anita Owen
Fri 6 Brynrefail Eirwen Williams
Mon 9
Tues 10
Wed 11 Friars Carys Richens
Thurs 12 Syr Hugh Owen Robin Humphreys
Fri 13


JUNE Date School Contact person
Mon 6
Tues 7 No dates for Meirion
Wed 8
Thurs 9
Fri 10
Mon 13
Tues 14
Wed 15 Eifionnydd Ann Tomos
Thurs 16 Botwnnog Geraint Hughes
Fri 17
JULY Date School Contact person
5 Glan y Môr Erddyn Davies
12 Dyffryn Nantlle Llinos Owen

John Grisdale        24 June   2010


Saturday, February 6th, 2010

We have made a start on our Wishlist for 2010 all of these items will enhance the image of RSS and will enable us to attend lager events and have a major presence there with your help.  ALL general stationery ie leaflets etc are ongoing – we use many 100′s in any one time and 1000′s in a event.  If 1 leaflet saves a life then my job is done !!!  Please contact or call Debbie on 01492 870600 if you can provide any of the items listed or are able to offer a contribution – Thanking you in anticipation.

VOLUNTEER VACANCIES – Bag Packers – In Stores around Llandudno – Colwyn Bay – Rhyl – Abergele – Bangor – Anglesey

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

RSS require a team of In Store Bag Packers for the above areas.  We are looking for individuals to register on our database to cover the following areas to pack shopping in stores such as Marks and Spencer – Asda – Morrisons – etc and on occasions take part in in store promotions for RSS promoting and collecting donations for this worthwhile cause.  Register as an individual or group or school – the more the merrier – we ALWAYS have fun whilst working to ensure RSS is sustained.  Thank you for your interest.  Register NOW by calling Debbie on 01492 870600 or e mailing  with your Name – Telephone number – and which area you would be interested in bag packing and whether you have your own transport.  Lifts can be provided and RSS T Shirts are provided FREE of charge.

VOLUNTEER VACANCY – Experienced Fundraiser Required URGENTLY

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

RSS require an experienced fundraiser or someone with vision and a kind heart that doesn’t mind getting ‘stuck-in’.

To ensure RSS can continue to educate young people as to the dangers of water and provide exciting and entertaining events to raise awareness we really need help from either 1 or more people who would like to support this cause.

Time – is as much as you feel you would like to offer – I would hope that you would WANT to be involved in this worthwhile cause. 

For further information please contact Debbie on 01492 870600 or e mail with information on how you feel you may be able to help.  Thank you for your interest.


Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I wonder if there is anyone out there who would like to work in our lovely office in Llandudno for around 20 hours a week as a volunteer.  They would require a good telephone manner with possible telephone sales experience and good IT skills for general office duties.  However if there is anyone who would like to take an interest in what RSS are doing they could also be involved in organising events and helping RSS to grow.  Please telephone Debbie in the first instance on 01492 870600 or e mail  with your details.  I assure you of a very rewarding and inspirational volunteering experience.

A Tribute to Chris, Reece McNally & Morgan Edwards

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Volunteer Vacancies

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

River and Sea Sense is expanding rapidly and we need help in our departments.

Office Assiatant with good communication skills and computer knowledge

Fundraising Committe and Fundraisers:  experience is required but not essential

 A Bid Writer is urgently required, expericene of the nature would be vital.

Youth Panel and Youth Committe.  I am looking for 12 people between 16 and 18 to be part of river and sea sense, this will be a exciting organisation and would require experience in computer skills, sports and media

2 x Directors required to help move River and Sea Sense forward, experience in management, sport and sales would be an advantage, these are rewarding positions

You would be able to work from home or may pop into out Llandudno office as and when needed.  We are on a bus and train route. Our office is on the top floor and is accessable via a lift or stairs.

All volunteer vacancies are part time and hours to be agreed

If you think you maybe be able to help for a couple of hours each week please contact or call 01492 870600


Fundraising Dates for River and Sea Sense

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

31st July 2009 at Tesco Abergele from 9.30am–4pm(Awareness and collection)

15th August 2009 at Morriosns Colwyn Bay 10am –4pm (Bag Packing)

18th August 2009 at Morrisons Bangor 10.30am–4pm (Bag Packing)

28th and 29th August Tesco Abergele 9.30am–4pm ( Awareness and Collection)

22nd December at Morriosns Rhyl 9.30am 4pm (Bag Packing)

I am looking for 10 people to help for 2/4 hours on these fundraising dates. Please give me a call if you are interested.  We will provide T Shirts for these events.


Sunday, June 14th, 2009

What an incredible six months this has been

CD – Dreams Come Alive

James Stone and his partner Kim Hirst have also played a huge part in helping me with events and just recently have given many many hours of their time in writing and producing two and soon to be three wonderful songs.

The first came about with a conversation I had with Reece Mc Nally one of Chris’s close friends and Morgan Edwards – Reece happened to say that he had written a rap about losing Chris shortly after it happened – bear in mind – this was 2 and a half years later.  Reece – if you do not know was the brave boy who tried to rescue Chris on that fateful day.  Morgan another close friend happened to be very musical and also wrote a song for Chris’s funeral.  So, James asked me to bring Reece, Morgan and myself to his house in Rhyl and they got to work.  The second song James and Kim wrote with a selection of words and phrases from us all and a lead singer who has the most wonderful voice for her 17 years.  Hope you like them.

Crucial Crew

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to  join Crucial Crew in September and that means that as far as I am concerned – I will be honoured to be able to join the Fire Service, Police, Childline, Probation Service to name but a few in a tour around local schools all of us getting out message out to the pupils.  Having shadowed them for a day – I found it an incredible way to access pupils – and really get our point across.

General Information

A meeting at the Welsh Assembly is imminent I hope as I have had many discussions to this end and many meetings to attempt to find the right people to speak to.


I was honoured to be invited as the guest speaker at the Unltd awards day in Cardiff earlier this year.  I met so many incredible like minded people and forged I am sure some good relationships too.

I am soon to launch a type of Welsh Dragons Den to encourage entrepreneurship amongst young people – this should forge great partnerships with local business and young people alike.


A new website is also due to be launched. to help parents who have lost a child and young people who have lost a friend.  I am aware of other sites that do an extremely valuable job – but I am hoping there is room for an online support network.


Joining FACEBOOK has opened my eyes and I love it I am hooked.  It is an excellent medium to keep in touch with people especially Chris’s friends – to see that they are having fun and are OK.  I have made many new friends on there – done some mad quizzes just for the fun of it and found my friend in Aussie.  Have a look at my groups.  Search Debbie Anne Turnbull.


This event is on 20th and 21st June at Penmaenmawr – and I am really looking forward to it.  I will be there fighting for my cause – and having fun too !!  Having met Fiona Pascoe the MD last week – it was like meeting an old friend.  She is so passionate about these events and again bringing the local community together as I am.  Promises to be a great weekend.  somethins different – support it – go have a good time.

If anyone is avalibale, please contact me by email, using the contact page on this website or you can call me on 0787 9648568. Help Needed for both days, even if it is for only one hour!!


My presentations in schools are gaining momentum and I am pleased with the feedback.  I spoke to almost 1000 schoolchildren last week before I literally had to take a week off with exhaustion.  Yes, it takes so much out of me but I feel duty bound to do this.  I am doing lessons and assemblies now and really enjoy the wit and genuine interest of the children.   Their sensitivity and words of support are a real tonic too.

MANDY ROBERTS – Company Secretary,  Admin Officer and Friend

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mandy Roberts as our Co Secretary.  Mandy is my girl Friday – sounding board – office assistant and trusted friend.  She has been an absolute star this past 6 months in helping to shape up and sort out my office – incorporating systems and just being there.  Well Done Mandy.

Events will be on my facebook pages and on this site also in the coming months.

There will be another newsletter at the end of the month and thereafter monthly.


GENTLEMENS EVENING – LLandudno – Summer 2009

Friday, May 8th, 2009



An evening of entertainment extroadinaire !!!!  Mickey Thomas and Joey Jones – football legends will be bringing their brand of humour to the Royal Hotel Llandudno – complete with “female dancers” and full casino.  More information to follow.

If you are interested in this event please email to express your interest.