Maggots and worms make charity menu

Graham Waterman, left, and friend Martin Webb dig in to a charity bushtucker meal organised in memory of Oakley Waterman. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150344-2)

Graham Waterman, left, and friend Martin Webb dig in to a charity bushtucker meal organised in memory of Oakley Waterman. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150344-2)

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A GROUP of daring fundraisers took on a stomach-churning challenge to raise cash for a foundation that helps families in the name of a young boy who died.

Maggots, locusts and meal worms along with pig and lamb genitals were on the menu for a bushtucker challenge at Lee-on-the-Solent Working Men’s Club.

Oakley with his father, ex-Pompey player Dave Waterman

Oakley with his father, ex-Pompey player Dave Waterman

Challengers took on the unusual delicacies and battled against each other to see who could eat the most.

One of those who completed the task was Graham Waterman, 65, who said: ‘It was great that everyone got involved with the night and dared to eat more than their friends.’

All cash raised went to the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation, set up after Dave Waterman and wife Lorraine tragically lost their son to a rare form of cancer aged just six in 2005. It provides holidays for ill children and their families.

Graham, Oakley’s granddad, said: ‘We couldn’t believe how much people had been sponsored by their friends and family.

‘Then on the night people were giving us money while betting each other what they would eat.’

It wasn’t the first time that Graham has taken on the challenge.

He said: ‘We had put on one of these nights previously so some of the food I ate tasted alright.’

Brave eater Graham said that the fish eyes tasted like water and pigs genitalia like pork.

Through sponsorship and donations on the night the charity has raised more than £1,000.

‘We are putting the money towards upgrading one of the caravans,’ said Graham.

The foundation has caravans in Pagham and Devon Cliffs, which provide respite for children and their families suffering with life-threatening illnesses to help create memories to cherish.

‘We want to thank everyone who helped us out to raise money and hope to see them at the next bushtucker,’ said Graham.

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