It’s tee-sy peasy as golf day helps one family’s charity drive

PUTTING Front, from left, Paul Widger, brother Tim and Paul's son also named Paul Widger at Portsmouth Golf Club fundraiser.  Inset, Pat Fitzgerald tees off.  Pictures: Paul Jacobs (120245)
PUTTING Front, from left, Paul Widger, brother Tim and Paul's son also named Paul Widger at Portsmouth Golf Club fundraiser. Inset, Pat Fitzgerald tees off. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (120245)

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THERE was a hole lot of fundraising laughter at a golf tournament held to raise money for a massive cycle trek.

Paul Widger, 42, his son Paul Widger junior, 22, and Mr Widger’s brother-in-law Tim Parsons, 41, will all be embarking upon a 3,500-mile cycle ride across Vietnam and Cambodia.

PUTTING Pat Fitzgerald tees off

PUTTING Pat Fitzgerald tees off

The trio want to raise £7,500 for Cancer Research UK and have been hosting various events to generate money.

One of those took place yesterday with 35 fundraisers meeting at Portsmouth Golf Club, in Crookhorn Lane, Waterlooville, for a sponsored tournament. Each paid £25 to play on the 18-hole course, and the day raised £1,400.

Paul Widger senior, of Frogham Green, in Warren Park, Havant, said: ‘It was great to see so many people come along and support this. We’re hoping after today we will have reached our fundraising target.

‘Our family has been affected by cancer and so we thought it’s only fitting to try and help others.’

Paul’s mother-in-law Violet Chapman, 71, died from cancer just before Christmas 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.

Friends and family have been getting behind the trio.

First to tee off was family member Alan George, 52, of Merrivale Road, Portsmouth.

He said: ‘I’m supporting Cancer Research UK because my family has been affected by the disease.

‘It’s brilliant the guys are taking part in the cycle ride and I want to support them and a good cause.

‘I’m fanatical about golf, so I signed up straight away for this day.’

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 to help raise cash to fund the trip.

Alongside organising fundraisers, the three men have also been training for their mammoth cycle trek.

Paul Widger junior said: ‘We have been cycling every weekend and have been going out to do 40-mile routes.

‘We wanted a challenge and we’ve certainly got one with this.

‘I’ve been training outdoors and been doing an hour-and-a-half on an exercise bike. We’re looking forward to going over now.’

They will be starting their cycle challenge this Friday. It is hoped they will complete the journey and be back on Thursday, February 9.

To donate money go to justgiving.com/Paul-Parsons0.