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Charlie’s a pintsized hero!

Charlie Simmons-Davis at Blackpool Lifeboat Station to hand over �453 he raised for the service. Pic from Twitter

Charlie Simmons-Davis at Blackpool Lifeboat Station to hand over �453 he raised for the service. Pic from Twitter

A youngster with a passion for the emergency services has raised more than £400 for Blackpool lifesavers.

Charlie Simmons-Davis, six, from Bury, sold cakes at his primary school and donated the £453 takings to Blackpool Lifeboat Station to help them fund their vital operations.

The six-year-old was joined by his family as he handed over the money to members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution during one of their training sessions at the Promenade station.

Steve Davis, Charlie’s grandfather, said: “The day was amazing.

“They showed us around the lifeboat station and their facilities, but he is so keen on it all he knew everything they were talking about.

“He is always thinking about rescue services. He started off with Fireman Sam when he was about two and now he wants to be a fireman and work and volunteer for the lifeboat at the same time.

“The day was amazing.”

Charlie added: “I raised money for them and it was very good because they let me go on the lifeboat and taught me lots of new things about it”

Paul Parton, a spokesman for Blackpool RNLI, said Charlie’s efforts in raising hundreds of pounds would go towards buying vital equipment and saving lives.

He said: “It’s fantastic people like this are donating because it’s what the RNLI rely on and what he has done is amazing, particularly for someone of his age.

“He has got a passion for the RNLI and he is indirectly saving lives and providing the service. It’s a fantastic effort by a young lad to do something like that.

“He made the trip over and we are so grateful for people like him because they keep the RNLI going.

“He came down with his family when we were out on exercise and he saw what we do, saw the boats launch and recovered, and he really enjoyed it.”

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