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Family of teen who drowned in Rotherham reservoir ‘dreading’ first Christmas without him

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The family of a Rotherham teenager who died after drowning in Ulley Reservoir have been “dreading” this year’s Christmas.

For most people Christmas is a joyous time of the year, but for many it can be a difficult period that brings back memories of those loved ones lost they can no longer celebrate the festive season with.

Especially after another year of coronavirus and the tragedies that come with the virus, it is worth sparing a thought for those who will be spending Christmas without someone close to them for the first time.

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Sadly that will be the case for Simon Haycock, whose 16-year-old son Sam died after drowning in Ulley Reservoir in May.

Simon, whose son Sam had five siblings, said he and the family had been “dreading” Christmas coming around for some time.

“It’s going to be difficult” he said. “It just doesn’t feel right.



Parents Simon and Gaynor were left devastated by Sam's death in Ulley Reservoir in May
Parents Simon and Gaynor were left devastated by Sam’s death in Ulley Reservoir in May

“We are going through the motions for the kids and grandchildren.

“Sam loved Christmas. It was a big deal for him so it just feels a bit flat at the minute.”

Simon said that they “haven’t got anything special planned” but that there was a memorial that Sam’s friends have been looking after where a tribute to him will take place for Christmas.

Since Sam’s death Simon and others have been working tirelessly to raise funds for equipment and awareness about water safety in his memory and he believed things were going to kick on in 2022.

The campaign group, called Sam’s Army’s Mission, is applying for charity status and Simon is lined up to speak in 12 local schools about water safety.

He said: “There are a few organisations that want to work with us and do some big fundraising for next year. It’s about getting the message out there to kids and making them aware of the dangers.

“There’s a lot of work to look forward to which is good. I’m just trying to keep my mind occupied and move forward because if I didn’t, I’d be no use to anyone.”

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