Newcastle stars join Villa masseurs Pedal for Petrov challenge
The quartet joined Villa club masseurs Alex Butler and Andy Smith - and former England international footballer Geoff Thomas - on the second leg of their cycle challenge Pedal for Petrov, in support of captain Stiliyan Petrov.
As a group, they did a lap of the Sports Direct Arena pitch before the masseurs and ex-Crystal Palace midfielder Thomas hit the road again on the second leg of their gruelling charity ride.
Pedal for Petrov sawthe two masseurs start at Petrov's former club Celtic on Tuesday and they willcycle up to 80 miles a day over the following five days, finishing at Villa Park.
They are hoping to raise £250,000 for blood cancer charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
As well as the Sports Direct Arena, there are several other stops at Barclays Premier League football clubs en route, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton.
"It's fantastic," centre-back Williamson said. "Any events like this I love to be a part of and to encourage. It's a great cause and fantastic to meeting the lads and see the sort of effort they are going through over the next few days.
"There are some tough days ahead of them, physically and mentally, but the Villa masseurs aregoing the extra mile for the charity and deserve a lot of credit for that.
"It highlights the camaraderie and spirit within football clubs. You work together every day, build bonds and if someone is in trouble or needs help then everyone does whatever they can to support.
"I have played against Stiliyan a couple of times over the years. He's a fantastic player and as good guy as well. We all wish him a speedy and full recovery."
Jonathan Andrews, fundraising director at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, said: "We are inspired by Alex and Andrew taking on this 400-mile Pedal for Petrov challenge.
"And we are so grateful that they are supporting Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research's life-saving work. The valuable funds they are raising will help us find better treatments and cures for patients with blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma."
Rock band Ocean Colour Scene are set to play their hits at a special fundraising dinner at the end of the challenge.
Lead singer Simon Fowler and drummer Oscar Harrison are performing an acoustic set at the event, which is set to take place in the Holte Suite on Sunday September 9.
There will be a champagne reception and a delicious three-course meal for you to enjoy at the dinner, as well as a raffle and auction.
All proceeds raised will be donated to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The price of a table of ten is £600 including VAT while individual seats are £60 including VAT per person.
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Alex and Andy have already raised over £40,000 through their Just Giving page and they have also set up a text message donation service.
Text Stan91, followed by the amount you wish to donate, to 70070.
You can also make a donation by visiting the Just Giving page - click here.
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