Newcastle United star's classy £1k donation to injured ex-Sunderland man Patrick Almond
A fundraiser has been set up to help former Sunderland youngster Patrick Almond following the defender’s recent health problems
Almond remains under observation as specialists make a decision on whether to operate following a bleed on the brain.
The 20-year-old was rushed to hospital with a suspected concussion while playing for Darlington in an FA Trophy match at Southend, before being transferred to a specialist hospital in London. Darlington later confirmed Almond had suffered a bleed on the brain.
A fundraiser has now been set up to support Almond and his family with out-of-pocket expenses, which has raised just over £8,000. The fundraiser has been created by the Directors of Darlington Football Club Supporters Group (DFCSG) with the consent of Paddy and his family and can be accessed here.
Newcastle United player Isacc Hayden – who is currently out on loan with Norwich City in the Championship – has already donated £1,000 of his own money in a classy gesture, with current Sunderland player Ellis Taylor also donating £300 to help the Almond family.
The former Sunderland youngster was involved in a serious road traffic collision back in June as a rear passenger in a car in Manchester. The defender was taken to hospital with serious head injuries but thankfully pulled through to make a full recovery.
Almond returned to the pitch for the first time since the crash late last year. The ex-Blyth Spartans loanee returned for Shildon AFC in the Northern Premier League Division One East before moving on to Darlington.
Almond is a product of Sunderland's academy system and joined the club when he was just 11, cementing himself as a regular starter in the club’s youth teams.
The defender was in and around Sunderland’s first team for the Papa John’s Trophy and was an unused first-team substitute for the games against Fleetwood Town and Lincoln City.
After being an unused substitute the week before in the same competition, Almond made his senior professional debut in the Papa John’s Trophy in the 2-1 win over Manchester United under-23s at the Stadium of Light.