Isolated Sunderland pensioner gets doorstep birthday surprise from SAFC hero Gary Bennett, the Mayor and more

Football hero Gary Bennett, the mayor and more turned up at the doorstep of an isolated 75-year-old to give him a birthday to remember.

Anthony Dunn from Millfield has been self-isolating throughout the pandemic and has been supported regularly by the city’s Young Asian Voices (YAV) charity who’ve been delivering his shopping.

For his 75th birthday, the charity decided to go the extra mile by arranging for a special doorstep delivery.

They arranged for a host of visitors, including Mayor of Sunderland, Coun David Snowdon and his wife Coun Dianne Snowdon, former SAFC star Gary Bennett, local police officers and fellow YAV staff to make a doorstep visit to hand over his present.

City dignitaries, as well as police officers and members of YAV visit Anthony Dunn, centre

Kumareswaradas Ramanathas (Ram), manager at YAV, said: “Our Young Asian Voices Charity volunteers wanted to surprise Anthony and make it a special day for him by taking usual weekly shopping along with a special birthday cake provided by BakingStop. We also had special guests singing happy birthday to him.”

He added: “We hope we made his day with the surprise by celebrating his birthday and affirming that he is not alone. It has been a tremendous event and I am thankful to everyone who has been part and parcel to this memorable day.”

It comes as the Echo is running its #ActsofKindness campaign to highlight the great work being done to support our communities during this time.

If you know of any acts of kindness, contact the news desk on [email protected]

The pensioner was given a doorstep birthday surprise to remember

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