A FUNDRAISING event has been held in memory of a York pilot who died when the plane he was co-piloting crashed in thick fog two years ago.

The event in memory of Andrew Cantle  raised £1,116 for volunteers based at Sunderland’s lifeboat station.

Mr Cantle, 27, who lived in Rawcliffe with his partner, Beth Webster, died when the Manx2.com commuter plane he was co-piloting crashed in thick fog at Cork Airport.

Mr Cantle became involved with Sunderland RNLI Lifeboat station in 2000 when he decided to serve with the charity as part of the Community Service element of a Duke of Edinburgh Award.

After completing the award in 2001 he decided to stay with the charity and served as a volunteer lifeboat crew member until 2008, when he moved to York to take up his career as an airline pilot.

During this time he took part in 65 emergency missions which resulted in the rescue of 66 people.

The event, at Sunderland Yacht Club, at sold out in advance and was attended by 120 guests, including past and present RNLI volunteers who served with Mr Cantle, along with family members.