A TEENAGE sailor has helped boost a charity drive in memory of a pilot and former lifeboat volunteer killed in a plane crash.
Christian Carney, 14, who joined up with Sunderland RNLI as part his Duke of Edinburgh Award training, organised a charity night in aid of the Forever by the Sea fund.
The campaign was set up in memory of Andy Cantle, from Moorside, who was killed in 2011 when the Manx2.com commuter plane he was co-piloting crashed at Cork Airport in thick fog.
The 27-year-old had also become involved with the RNLI through the community service element of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Christian, a member of Sunderland Yacht Club, pledged to raise cash for the lifesaving charity after witnessing its work firsthand.
On Saturday, more than 100 guests attended the club in Roker for a charity night, including an auction, raffle, and disco.
The event raised £1,150 for the RNLI and Forever by the Sea, which aims to fund a new inshore lifeboat.
The St Aidan’s Catholic Academy pupil, from Fulwell, said: “I am extremely grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the night. We are also in debt to the many individuals and businesses who donated some fantastic raffle and auction prizes.”
At the end of the evening, Christian presented the donations to Alan Dixon, launching authority at the lifeboat station, and Andy’s mum Ann.
“The whole night was a fantastic success and we are all extremely proud of the effort Christian put into arranging the night,” said Alan.
“It was fitting that Christian decided to donate half of the money to Andy’s memorial fun as he also started life at the lifeboat station through the award scheme.”