Friends of drowned Sunderland schoolboy raise £10,000 for rescuers who tried to save him

Family and Friends of Mark Langton with Sunderland RNLI
Family and Friends of Mark Langton with Sunderland RNLI
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FRIENDS and loved ones of a Sunderland teenager who was killed in a tragic drowning accident almost a decade ago have yet again dug deep to donate another £1,000 to help lifeboat crews who tried to save him.

Those who knew Mark Langton have continually supported Sunderland RNLI since he drowned in a tragic accident at Hendon Promenade on April 10, 2006.

FILE PIC  rag out 'Sunderland Echo ragout dated Thursday April 13 2006'   Mark Langton, 13,  pictured with his mum, Beverley Steel.     Mark was swept to his death by a 15ft wave at Hendon on Monday.

FILE PIC rag out 'Sunderland Echo ragout dated Thursday April 13 2006' Mark Langton, 13, pictured with his mum, Beverley Steel. Mark was swept to his death by a 15ft wave at Hendon on Monday.

To date the fund has raised approximately £10,000.

Mark, who just 13-years-old, was washed out to sea from the promenade by rough breaking seas while he played with friends.

A major rescue mission involving volunteers from Sunderland RNLI was co-ordinated by Humber Coastguard, but despite the best efforts of all of the teams involved, Mark was later pronounced dead at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Ever since the tragic events friends and family of Mark have arranged various fundraising events to support the volunteers at Sunderland RNLI, which as a registered charity relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.

The crew here at the lifeboat station are once again overwhelmed by the efforts and generosity made in Mark’s memory

Ben Mitchell of Sunderland RNLI

This year has been no different, with countless events and donations including as ever the exploits of “Marky Boy”, an RNLI teddy bear that travels away when people go on holiday or on a trip away; with each person who takes him making a donation.

There has also been bingo at the Blue House pub in Fulwell every Thursday, a venue which also hosted a lifeboat fund-raising day three times throughout the year.

Mark’s family have also made Valentines gifts and Mother’s day gifts which were sold to put towards the sum and have also been supported by Portland Academy who offered the hire of a stall at their summer fund-raising fete.

Ben Mitchell, one of the volunteer crew at Sunderland RNLI, said: “The crew here at the lifeboat station are once again overwhelmed by the efforts and generosity made in Mark’s memory.

“The funds are greatly appreciated and go towards the valuable work we do on Sunderland’s coastline.

“I would also like to pass on the thanks from Margaret, Darren and Bev who do a lot of the organisation who would like to mention Nixon plant hire, Tony, Stacey, Alan and Lesley from the Blue House Hendon, Joe’s Shop in Ashby Street and Trish, Lynda and Jean from Portland Academy.

“Since 2006 approximately £10,000 has been raised in total for which all the crew here are extremely grateful.”