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Donations for Sunderland RNLI hit £13,000 on 10th anniversary of tragic accident

Lifeboats News Release

Friends and family of a Sunderland teenager who was killed in a tragic drowning accident at Hendon Promenade ten years ago have once again decided to mark his anniversary by visiting Sunderland’s RNLI Station to make another one thousand pound donation.

Friends and family of teenager Mark Langton have continually supported Sunderland RNLI since he drowned in a tragic accident ten years ago at Hendon Promenade on April 10 2006.

Mark was washed out to sea from the promenade by rough breaking seas while he played with friends. A major rescue mission involving volunteers from Sunderland RNLI was co-ordinated by Humber Coastguard but despite the best efforts of all of the rescue teams involved Mark was later pronounced dead at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Over the last decade the family and friends have raised approximately £13,000 towards the operational running costs of Sunderland’s two inshore lifeboats. 

During the time the family have been supporting Sunderland RNLI in memory of Mark; its two lifeboats at Sunderland have launched 843 times, saving 23 lives and rescuing a further 863 people.

Ever since the tragic events friends and family of Mark have arranged various fundraising events to support the volunteers at Sunderland RNLI.

This year was no different with countless events and donations including as ever the exploits of “Marky Boy” an RNLI teddy bear that travels away when people go on holiday or on a trip away; with each person who takes him making a donation towards the fund. 

Margaret Moan, spokesman for the fundraising group said “Without the support of lots of people we would not be able to remember Mark in such a great way. We would particularly like to thank Alan from the Blue House, Pauline and Steve from Hendon Grange as well as Trish and all of the Thursday night bingo players for their kind support throughout the year.

One of the volunteers who were involved in the rescue mission ten years ago was Ian Rowan, Helmsman at Sunderland RNLI, Ian said:  ‘All of the volunteers here at the lifeboat station are once again overwhelmed by the efforts and generosity made in Marks memory. The funds are greatly appreciated and go towards the valuable work we do on Sunderland’s coastline. This year’s donation is even more poignant to us all, with it marking the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Mark. It is absolutely amazing that the family and friends of Mark have maintained the fundraising efforts for a complete decade with thirteen thousand being raised in Marks memory.’

As a registered charity the RNLI relies on voluntary donations and legacies from the public for its income.


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