Family will cycle across Vietnam and Cambodia for national cancer charity

RIDE Paul Widger and Tim Parsons
RIDE Paul Widger and Tim Parsons

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CYCLING 50 miles every day for a week is an exhausting prospect.

But this is the gruelling challenge being faced by Paul Widger, 43, his son Paul Widger junior, 22, and Mr Widger’s brother-in-law Tim Parsons, 42.

The trio are hoping to raise £7,500 for Cancer Research UK by cycling across the former war-torn countries of Vietnam and Cambodia.

The fundraising ride, to take place in January, came about after the family has been devastated by cancer.

Paul’s mother-in-law Violet Chapman, 71, died from cancer just before Christmas in 2009 and her son Michael Chapman, 34, also died from cancer several years before.

Paul and Tim both work for the Fareham and Chichester branches of Plumbing Trade Supplies, which has chosen Cancer Research UK as its charity this year.

Paul, a dad-of-two of Frogham Green, Warren Park, Havant, said: ‘Neither of us are cyclists, but we are cycling every single night after work – it’s the only way we will be able to get through this challenge.

‘Tim is cycling to work too. We are doing 20 miles every night and 25 miles on a Saturday.’

The whole family has got involved in the fundraising drive. Paul’s partner Maria Chapman and Tim’s wife Paula Parsons have been organising car boot sales and street collections over the last two months to help raise cash to fund the trip.

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