Sunderland cup legends answer the Comic Relief call

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BLACK Cats legends Dick Malone and Micky Horswill swapped red and white stripes for red noses to join volunteers manning the phones for Comic Relief tonight.

The 1973 FA Cup winners answered calls and took pledges from members of the public at npower’s Rainton Bridge base, the first time the site has been selected as the regional callcentre for Red Nose Day.

(from left) Dick Malone, npower's Janine Hunt, and Micky Horswill.

(from left) Dick Malone, npower's Janine Hunt, and Micky Horswill.

More than 170 volunteers gave up their time to man the lines, taking part in fund-raiding activities to add to the £5,000 the firm has already pledged.

Npower Employee Engagement manager Mike Davies was one of the team behind the night: It’s really exciting to volunteer and take part in such an iconic appeal,” he said.

Micky was overwhelmed by both the number of people volunteering to handle calls and the generosity of those ringing in.

“It is fantastic,” he said.

“It’s amazing how many people have given up their Friday night to do something for charity.

“I do a lot of charity work myself and I know how difficult it can be sometimes, but people are just ringing up, pledging ten, 15, 20, 50 pounds a time.

“The British public are absolutely wonderful.”