Football Fans generosity helps RNLI

Sunderland RNLI volunteers collected at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day Credit: RNLI

The Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat crew say they are 'gobsmaked' by the generosity of football fans who donated more than £5500 to the charity.

RNLI volunteers held a collection outside the Stadium of Light before Sunderland's game with Manchester City on Boxing Day.

The RNLI is a charity that relies on donations for its income.

It costs an average of five thousand pound per year to supply fuel for Sunderland's two Inshore Lifeboats. This collection alone will provide the fuel for the next 12 months.

Last year the two Sunderland lifeboats launched 100 times and rescued 100 people.