Porterfield and Wilson ride to raise funds
Warwickshire’s Will Porterfield and Surrey’s Gary Wilson, both Ireland internationals, have raised almost £30,000 for Cancer Research UK by completing a five-day 380-mile bike ride from Cork to Belfast on Saturday.
The best friends were riding in memory of Wilson’s mother, who died from lung cancer this year, and received a congratulatory message from India’s Yuvraj Singh, who last month made his playing comeback following cancer.
Yuvraj’s message read: "I am delighted to send my very best wishes to my friends from the Irish Cricket team, Gary Wilson and William Porterfield. They are have taken on a great challenge in cycling across Ireland to raise funds for such a vital cause.
“Having fought and survived cancer myself, I know just how important the fundraising is and I think that Gary and William's big bike ride is a brilliant way to highlight the cause and raise money for those fighting cancer. All the very best from India, your friend Yuvraj Singh.”
Porterfield and Wilson’s journey took in overnight stops in Kilkenny, Dublin, Armagh, Derry/Londonderry and finally Belfast where a fundraising dinner was held.
Wilson said: "I think everyone's family has been touched by the disease and I guess that's why everyone has been so generous. I am so grateful to the very many people who contributed - and, of course, particularly to William. His was a mark of true friendship."