A LIFEBOAT crew was left speechless when they realised their latest big donation was from a six-year-old boy.
Members of Sunderland RNLI were delighted when they heard Connor Bloxham had a large donation of £1,600 for them and invited him along to the station to hand it over.
However, when he arrived with his family they were stunned to see such a young child.
Senior helmsman at the station, Paul Nicholson, said: “We were absolutely gobsmacked by the huge amount of the money that had been raised and more so by the fact it was by a six-year-old child.
“We were not aware how young he was until he turned up and it really knocked us off our feet.
“In any context raising that amoung of money is a massive help to us, but to come from a six-year-old is almost unheard of.”
Connor, a pupil at Dame Dorothy Primary School, lives in Roker with his proud family and walks past the lifeboat station every day.
About six months ago the youngster announced he was going to raise money to help the station because he knew the people there save lots of lives.
With a little bit of help, Connor, organised and ran lots of events to raise the money, including raffles and tombolas and a sponsored walk from Seaburn to South Shields. He wanted to thank everyone who had helped him, including B&Q, which had agreed to have bucket collections in store and Sunderland AFC which donated some shirts for his raffles.
Paul said it was lovely to have Connor visit the station so they could give him a guided tour, including a turn in the lifeboat.
He said: “Connor was full of life and brought a smile to everyone who met him down at the lifeboat station.
“Everyone was taken aback by what he had done. Donations like this are vital for us to be able to operate off the coast of Sunderland and continue saving lives.”