Special recognition for fundraising pupils

Two Rugeley youngsters received a special recognition from West Midlands Police and Midlands Air Ambulance last week.

Matty McClean, aged 11, and Jake Gower, aged 10, received a Certificate of Appreciation for their ‘hard work, team effort and community spirit’.

Friends and family gathered at Hagley Sports School to see Matty and Jake receive the surprise award from PC Morton, West Midlands Police, and Alison Blakeway, Midlands Air Ambulance, on Tuesday December 14th.

The award comes after the boys raised nearly £1,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance, cycling 14 miles from Rugeley to Lichfield in just two hours and ten minutes.

“We were both ready to collapse by the time we’d finished cycling but it was really good fun and we’re both really happy that the money we raised will help to save someone’s life” says keen fundraiser Matty.

The money was raised through sponsorship by friends, family and local businesses.

Hagley Sports College and Churchfield Primary School where Matty and Jake are pupils also helped boost the amount by holding non-uniform days in the run-up to the event.

Midlands Air Ambulance thinks Matty and Jake have done a fantastic job and can’t wait to hear about the fundraising activities they have planned for the future. Thanks guys!


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.