A boy who was inspired by his sporting hero to collect items to donate to food banks, has warmed hearts with his charitable gesture.
Lennon Rainbow, eight, from Ashington, who spent two weeks gathering food for those in need, was inspired to follow in the footsteps of Newcastle United winger, Allan Saint-Maximin, 22.
The footballer visited Newcastle West End Food bank during summer, to learn how it makes a difference to those who are struggling.
Speaking to Lad Bible, Lennon’s mother Sophie, revealed he became determined to get involved after she explained what Food Banks are used for.
Lennon Rainbow (pictured), eight, from Ashington, has been praised for collecting items to donate to food banks in his local community
Lennon (pictured) who spent two weeks collecting food to donate, used Facebook to spread his campaign throughout his neighbourhood
Lennon’s mother Sophie, took to Twitter revealing that Lennon had been inspired to get involved with charitable work after one of his sporting heroes visited a food bank
Lennon need, was inspired to follow in the footsteps of Newcastle United winger, Allan Saint-Maximin, 22, who visited local Food Banks during the summer of 2019
She told how Lennon took to a Facebook group used by their neighbours to raise awareness of his mission to help food banks.
Lennon said: ‘I wanted to help because the footballers have done it, and some people don’t have that much food, but we do.’
Many people in his neighbourhood were eager to get involved and gathered items to donate to the cause.
‘He planned four collections over two weeks. We were inundated with people telling us they’d left bags of food on their drive or at their door,’ Sophie added.
‘He took his dad’s wheelbarrow out in all weathers collecting the food.’
Lennon (pictured) collected food that his neighbours left on their drive or at their door to be donated to the food banks
Lennon (pictured at Wansbeck Valley) was invited to Wansbeck Valley food bank to learn more about the donation process
Lennon was invited to the food bank in Wansbeck Valley, after news of his charitable deed spread.
Many responses to Sophie’s post on Twitter praised his actions and said he was an example of good parenting.
‘Class effort this like. Take a bow young man. If only we all followed your shining example. Keep up the good work. You’re a star,’ wrote one.
Another said: ‘Well done that young man, good parenting always stands out’
Newcastle United FC added: ‘Fantastic work young man’
French footballer Allan, also showed recognition for Lennon’s campaign and revealed that he would like to meet him.
He wrote: ‘Tell him that I be over the moon, when will I meet him. Let’s make the magic happen’
Lennon used a wheelbarrow decorated with tinsel to transport the multiple bags of donations
A stream of responses on Twitter came from those who were impressed by Lennon’s voluntary work
The 22-year-old’s response saw him flooded with praise for getting involved with fans.
One person said: ‘Need more players like this in the world who are just normal guys’
Another wrote: ‘Can’t think of a player who gets more involved with the fans and stuff like he does.’
Lennon who hopes to become a footballer, playing for Newcastle United and England is set to continue collecting donations by working alongside the West End Food Bank.
He added: ‘If I ever get to meet any of the team it would be the best time ever.’
Lennon (pictured) who wants to become a professional footballer, revealed he hopes to meet any of the Newcastle United players
Lennon’s hero Allan Saint-Maximin, saw the response to Lennon’s charitable work and offered to meet him