Havant family’s superb fundraising effort

PROUD Paul Widger his son, also named Paul, and brother Tim
PROUD Paul Widger his son, also named Paul, and brother Tim
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IT’S an achievement which an entire family can be proud of.

Paul Widger, 43, his son Paul Widger junior, 23, and Mr Widger’s brother-in-law Tim Parsons, 44, have described their elation after raising an incredible £14,369 for Cancer Research UK.

The trio set a target last year of raising £7,500 by cycling 3,500 miles across the former war-torn countries of Vietnam and Cambodia.

But the sponsorship money has kept rolling in after their trip in January.

Paul, a dad-of-two of Frogham Green, Warren Park, Havant, said: ‘We were shocked.

‘We had no idea we were going to raise that sort of money.

‘The figure just kept on climbing and climbing.’

The cause is important to the family as 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.

The partners of the trio, Maria Chapman, Paula Parsons, and Lucy Fitzgerald, have made a significant contribution to the fundraising effort.

They gave up their weekends throughout last year to dress in Disney costumes and collect money on the streets of Waterlooville and Fareham.

The cheque was presented to Sally Huggins, from Cancer Research UK.

Paul added: ‘We have appreciated the support we have got from The News.’