An online fund to help cover the costs of Liam Hall's funeral and to support his grieving loved ones is in the process of being set up.
The trainee mechanic died in hospital after he was pulled from the water off Roker beach when a trip in a dinghy with friends turned to tragedy.
His family plan to put together a memory book so people can leave notes about Liam at his funeral service and will also pass round a Sunderland shirt for them to sign as a keepsake.
His funeral will be held at Sunderland Crematorium on Monday, September 12, at 1.30pm.
In the meantime, cash donations can be dropped off to the offices of funeral director Tony Clarke in Southwick Road and Railway Terrace in South Hylton.
They must be in a sealed envelope marked with the donor’s name and telephone number.