The Downing brothers hosted an evening of charity fundraising for the Danny Porter Foundation at the weekend.
The event took place at Sitwell Park Golf Club in Rotheram on Saturday November 6th, with Team Sky's Russell Downing and Rapha Condor Sharp's Dean Downing joining host David Harmon in a night of story-telling, raffles and charity auctions that entertained 180 guests. That morning, Russell and Dean also accompanied 50 others in a ride around the South Yorkshire roads.
Spirits were high as money rolled in during the evening for the Danny Porter Foundation, which raises money to support cancer and neuro care.
In total, the auction raised over £4,000 for the charity. Items included a signed Alberto Contador yellow jersey, a Team Sky jersey signed by the team, Mark Cavendish's HTC-Columbia kit, a limited edition signed Dean Downing Bike Pure print, and Rapha Condor Sharp clothing.
The Danny Porter Foundation will provide donations and grants to other charities providing research, support, care and equipment to people suffering from cancer and/or requiring neurological surgery.
Downing offered: "It's a really important cause and we decided to support a local charity this year. The messages sent out were really touching and I think that reflected with people putting their hands in their pockets."
UK Pros Kristian House, Malcolm Elliott, Adam Blythe, Lizzie Armitstead, Chris Walker, Graham Briggs and Tom Murray, plus Rapha Condor Sharp's DS John Herety were present at the event.