Earlier this week fundraising began to try and get former Bradford Bulls man Johnathan Walker back to the UK from Australia so he could say goodbye to his twin brother Adam Walker who sadly died at the age of 31 this month.
Adam played for the likes of Wakefield, St Helens, Hull KR and of course helped Salford make it to an unlikely Grand Final in 2019.
Last night on social media, Johnathan confirmed that the fundraising had paid off and he would be home in time to say goodbye to his brother at the funeral on the 27th October.
He said: “Thanks so much for the donations so grateful and even sharing some much support it’s unreal the last couple of days have been the easiest knowing I now get to see him one last time before the coffin closes a I really can’t thank everybody enough and look forward to seeing the family, any donations that go in after that will be used to help back home in the UK or go towards my living in Aus well I’m away for a month, I thank you all love, peace, respect let’s give him a big hooray on 27th and gather to watch him one last time.”
He also revealed the funeral arrangement. The initial service will of course be just family and friends. However, the wake is open to all the fans who were affected by the news and yes rugby shirts can be worn: “There will be a short service at Holy trinity church idle at 11.30 am this is family and friends only thank you. There will follow a committal at Nab wood crematorium, at 1.20 pm followed by a wake at The commercial inn, Thackley from 2pm onwards ALL WELCOME. Rugby tops or sports tops can be worn.”