£1,800 cash boost for Sunderland lifesaver who helped rescue 617 people

Sunderland RNLI volunteer helmsman Paul Nicholson, centre, with RNLI volunteers Jonny Lindsley and David Redfearn.
Sunderland RNLI volunteer helmsman Paul Nicholson, centre, with RNLI volunteers Jonny Lindsley and David Redfearn.
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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.