26th Oct, 2020

Redditch bike crash victim's pals get running for air ambulance

Ross Crawford 24th Sep, 2017

REDDITCH man Aaron Clayton owes his life to not one, but two air ambulances.

His life was turned upside down on May 5 when his motorcycle collided with a car as he made his way back to his Walkwood home.

“I sustained a lot of broken bones,” said Mr Clayton, who, more than four months after the accident has had countless operations, still needs crutches to walk, but is slowly recovering.

“I can’t thank the air ambulance enough. They were on the scene quickly and realised I urgently needed a blood transfusion which was brought by a second helicopter. I owe them my life.”

Mr Clayton was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where the medical team were waiting.

Now as a thank you, six of his friends, called Team AC, are running the Birmingham half marathon on October 15 despite never having run more than a mile in their lives, said his friend Alex Wood. The runners have been persuading, cajoling and enticing friends, family and acquaintances to back their bid to conquer the 13-mile course.

They’ve even had a shout out from Midlands Today presenter Shefali Oza who’s given the lads her full support.

“We’ve got a target of raising £2,000 for the air ambulance and we’re hoping to bring in £700 from the run,” said Mr Wood.

The runners are Alex, James Fitton, John Noakes, Jack Gaylor, Andrew Whittles and Tom Jennings.

Not to be outdone, three members of the extended Team AC family – Amy Clayton, Victoria Louise Bradbury and Kristy Palfreyman – donated blood for the first time to help save more lives.

To support Team AC visit its Just Giving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/runforaaron

For more information, visit facebook.com/runforaaron


A CHARITY evening featuring three great bands is taking place at Studley Road Social Club, Redditch, tonight (Friday).

From 7.30pm, Team AC will be hosting a live music event topped by the Collective Soul Band in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Tickets cost £5 on the door.


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