Unsung hero

Unsung hero

To replace the iPhone ruined by water when a man jumped into the Thames to save a small boy from drowning.

Unfortunately, this project was not successful

The Unsung Hero

The following tells what happened in Richmond upon Thames on Saturday the 14th of June 2014. 'The Unsung Hero' saved a very young life, but lost out himself - by risking his own safety and possesions. His iPhone was ruined and he will have to replace it himself.

As a community thank you to him, Richmond Bridge Boat Club would like to raise the £750 to cover the cost of his replacement iPhone and buy him a drink in his local pub.

The iPhone 5S 64GB is priced at £709.00, the project admin fees will cost £37.50, which will leave us with a couple of pounds to buy him a pint.

If you would like to help raise this amount, please add a £2 or whatever you can afford. Please share this story and link to this page with your own friends and family to help spread the word.

Many thanks.

Steve Kemsley - RBBC

The Story

On Saturday afternoon the tide was high and some way up Ferry Lane. Some kids were playing in the water outside the Slug & Lettuce at Richmond. I saw something turn in the water and thought one of the kids had thrown something at a submerged log.

A few seconds later, a man (The Unsung Hero) ran from the White Cross, straight into the water and swam across the water filled slipway to the 'log'. He produced, like a magic trick, a small boy from under the water. The boy was about 4 years old and must have missed the drop into the slipway from the pavement as it was covered by the tide.

The other children, aged about 7, had not shouted in alarm, they had carried on playing. Their parents were inside the Slug & Lettuce oblivious to what had happened. I don't think they realise that this man saved their little boy from certain death.

The hero, his iPhone ruined, his clothes soaked, went on his way without much thanks (a feeble 'well done' from me) - he was a bit stunned by what had just happened. The guy deserves a medal, which sadly he is unlikely to get. Instead he gets to buy himself a new phone.

I write this to share and acknowledge his selfless deed, I know he didn't do what he did seeking praise or recognition, but he certainly deserves it. There is a very lucky family, thanks to this man.

Well done mate, you were brilliant.

How do I pledge?

First you need to create an account on Crowdfunder.co.uk. This is a short and simple process so it only takes a minute. Then click 'pledge' on the right hand side and select the amount you would like to donate. Payment is through PayPal, so you can either pay with your PayPal account or by card. Thanks for your support.