Airth father and son get on their bikes to help kids

John and Daniel Porter
John and Daniel Porter

A pharmacist and his son will take part in Scotland’s biggest bike ride today to say a very big thank-you.

John Porter and 14-year-old Daniel, from Airth, are going to Pedal for Scotland, riding 47 miles from Glasgow to Murrayfield.

The determined duo want to raise £1500 to allow Yorkhill Hospital to buy toys and play equipment for critically-ill youngsters.

It comes four years after Larbert High pupil Daniel spent a month in neurosurgery after suffering a brain tumour.

John, who runs Airth Pharmacy, said: “When Daniel was 10, he wasn’t feeling well. But one night he collapsed from an infection in his brain and was paralysed down one side.

“He had to have an operation to relieve pressure on his brain.

“He spent one month in hospital, but took about five months to fully recover.

“In hospital, we saw kids who were there for months and are continuously hooked up to machines.

“When they get released from them, they play and use the facilities and that time is so important.”

Now a fit and healthy teenager, Daniel and his dad have been training for two months and have been overwhelmed by the support from family and community.

John added: “We’ve raised £1200 already. It’s a large amount for a small place.”