AN energy firm has donated money to a life-saving charity in honour of a long-serving volunteer.
Paul Nicholson has served with the Sunderland branch of the RNLI for 16 years, taking part in 650 call-outs, rescuing 617 people and saving the lives of 23 others.
Now his employer, Mid American Energy Holdings, has made a £1,800 donation in tribute to his service and dedication.
Paul, 36, from Fulwell, joined the international energy firm almost 20 almost years ago as a teenager, initially employed as an overhead-line apprentice.
As part of an ongoing charity pledge, it has given almost £10,000 to the RNLI.
Paul, who has served as a lifeboat helmsman since 2001, said: “It is hugely fitting that in the year I complete my 20th year of employment with the company, their total amount pledged breaks through the £10,000 mark.
“The money will be used to fund the lifeboat station for one week, as it costs the charity £1,750 to maintain and operate the station in North Dock Marina.”
Paul, an electrical distribution design engineer at Northern Powergrid – part of Mid American Energy Holdings – said the firm supported employees’ volunteering.