Harriers fans raise £35k for charity with walk



First published in Sport

KIND-hearted Kidderminster Harriers fans saw their fund-raising efforts reap rewards after they generated nearly £35,000 for Macmillan Cancer Research.

The 50-strong army of supporters were given a heroes’ welcome at Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday after completing their 65-mile two-day trek from Aggborough to the New Lawn.

They then joined their fellow Harriers fans in the stands to watch Kidderminster play out an entertaining 1-1 Skrill Premier draw with their Gloucestershire rivals.

The walk was in memory of former Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters' Trust chairman Steve Millington, who passed away last year after losing his battle with cancer.

One of the organisers of the walk, Karl Davies, said he had been taken aback by the support they had received.

Former Harriers director Andrew Maidstone donated nearly £1,000, while Harriers physio Gavin Crowe spent all night helping the weary walkers with their ailments on Monday.

“It has been a fantastic effort by everyone,” said Davies. “We’ve had a great reaction from the fans and everyone around the town.

“We even had an inspiring speech from Harriers legend Mick Tuohy, it was very Churchillian.

“We originally thought we might raise £20,000 but when all the pledges come in we’ll have almost £35,000.”

Meanwhile, Harriers are hopeful of having centre-half Josh Gowling available for selection in the near future.

The 30-year-old has missed the last three games with a pelvic problem and won't be involved against Welling United at Aggborough today (3.07pm).

But manager Gary Whild said: “Josh is due to have an injection which we hope will go a long way to curing his problem.

“Hopefully, after the weekend, we’ll have him back into contention.

“It’s been a little complicated because it’s not your usual kind of injury but we have had the right kind of help and guidance and if this goes well things should start to clear up.”

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