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Boy, 8, Takes To Streets Collecting For Foodbanks After Being Inspired By Footballer

Boy, 8, Takes To Streets Collecting For Foodbanks After Being Inspired By Footballer

One little LAD was so inspired when his favourite footballer started collecting for food banks that he decided to do the same.

Not only does eight-year-old Lennon Rainbow have the coolest name ever, he's also an absolute legend and has selflessly gone round collecting food for those that need it most.

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Lennon went door-to-door collecting food left by his neighbours. Credit: LADbible
Lennon went door-to-door collecting food left by his neighbours. Credit: LADbible

Newcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin was spotted visiting food banks back in August and, wanting to be just like one of his heroes, Lennon decided to follow in his foot steps.

Speaking to LADbible, his mum, Sophie, 36, said: "My son saw one of his favourite players for Newcastle United, Allan Saint-Maximin getting involved with a food bank in Newcastle. He decided he also wanted to do something to help food banks.

"I told him what they were and why they were used and he he was determined to help. I sent out a message on our estate's Facebook group telling neighbours what he was doing and asked if they wanted to help."

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Lennon said: "I wanted to help because the footballers have done it, and some people don't have that much food but we do."

Sophie received numerous messages back, with neighbours more than willing to help out.

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Credit: LADbible

"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.

"He took his dad's wheelbarrow out in all weathers collecting the food."

Credit: LADbible
Credit: LADbible

Even in the dark and cold, Lennon took to the streets of his estate with his tinsel-lined wheelbarrow, collecting the food his generous neighbours had left out for him.

Lennon added a bit of Christmas spirit to his wheelbarrow. Credit: LADbible
Lennon added a bit of Christmas spirit to his wheelbarrow. Credit: LADbible

Sophie continued: "Our local food bank, Wansbeck Valley, invited him for a look around to see what happens to the food! We collected a massive amount and my car boot was overflowing.

"In general he wanted to help as he sees his favourite footballers get involved with charity work and thinks he's just like them."

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

Sophie posted the photos on Twitter, and Lennon's good deed soon started racking up the likes, with people jumping to praise him.

One Twitter user posted: "Well done young man. Brilliant effort."

And another wrote: "Well done that young man, good parenting always stands out."

Credit: LADbible
Credit: LADbible

Lennon said that his two favourite footballers ever are, obviously Allan Saint-Maximin and NUFC captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Lennon told LADbible: "If I ever get to meet any of the team it would be the best time ever," adding that when he's older, he wants to be a footballer and play for Newcastle United and England.

Lennon said he's carrying on his charity work, and will be collecting with the West End Food Bank outside St James' Park when Newcastle take on Man City at home on 30 November.

Lennon has only just started his charity work. Credit: LADbible
Lennon has only just started his charity work. Credit: LADbible

Sophie also got a reply from Newcastle United, and even the man that inspired it all.

She added: "Allan Saint-Maximin did respond on twitter to arrange a meeting but we've not heard anything since."

I'm guessing it's only a matter of time before Lennon is pencilled in to meet the man himself.

Featured Image Credit: LADbible

Topics: Daily Ladness, Community

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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