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Family of River Arrow drowning victim Richard Fellows praised

Richard Fellows' family present a cheque for £1,000 to RLSS Image copyright RLSS
Image caption Richard Fellows' father (far left) and sister Chantalle Aston (far right), presented a cheque to RLSS on Thursday

The family of a 15-year-old boy who drowned in a river have been honoured for their work to promote water safety.

Richard Fellows got into trouble in open water near Arrow Valley Park, Redditch, Worcestershire, in March.

His family received accolades from Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK at its headquarters in Alcester, Warwickshire.

The charity said Richard's relatives had helped "to spread vital water safety messages".

'Unimaginable experience'

Chief executive Di Steer said Richard, also known as Porky, had inspired his family to raise £1,000 for the RLSS.

Ms Steer said the family had "used their most unimaginable of experiences to help us in our work".

Image caption Richard Fellows drowned near Arrow Valley Park in Redditch

"They have helped us to raise awareness and educate to reduce the number of people that lose their lives to drowning each year," she said.

Richard's sister Chantalle Aston said his family would continue its awareness-raising work for the charity.

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