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.
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.
Morning, Allan @ASaintMaximin visited the @WEFoodbank yesterday
Here's a @BBCLN report of the day:https://t.co/O2zEgVgmju
We also welcomed back @MBroon1892 after his 23-mile Swim Challenge raised £2500 :clap:
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:pray: #NUFChttps://t.co/NLUcmLcHY2 pic.twitter.com/aW1lhTcpMA
- NUFC Fans Food Bank (@nufcfoodbank) August 22, 2019
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."
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.
"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."
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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