Airlifted footballer thanks MAA

Kidderminster Harriers were this week delighted to be able to send a donation cheque of more than £300 to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

As supporters will recall, the 2011/12 season ended in dramatic scenes at Aggborough in April after striker Anthony Malbon required medical attention after sustaining a significant blow to the head and neck in the match versus Mansfield Town.

Thankfully the popular hit-man was quickly back to full health and is fighting fit and ready to go ahead of the start of the new campaign.

But massive credit on the day went not only to the medical staff stationed at the ground on the day of the incident, but also those at Midlands Air Ambulance who responded quickly to a call-out with Malbon needing air transport to the QE Hospital in Birmingham.

By way thanks, the Club auctioned off one of Anthony’s playing shirts at an end-of-season event and have donated the proceeds of £330.00 to the Charity.

The winning bidder, Harriers Director Andrew Maidstone, commented: “As a board of directors we can't thank the medical professionals enough for their devotion and hard work. My wife Alyson and I were delighted to be the winning bidders for Anthony's shirt with the money going to such a worthwhile cause. The shirt is soon to adorn our son's bedroom wall.”

The Club hopes that even this modest sum can go a small way towards helping Midlands Air Ambulance continue their excellent work.

A spokesperson for the Charity went on to add: “Midlands Air Ambulance is pleased to hear that Anthony has made a full recovery. Thank you to the club and supporters for the wonderful donation, that will help keep the life-saving service operational.”

 Pictured: Anthony with Harriers Manager, Steve Burr, Alyson Maidstone and the auctioned shirt.

Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.