Former Blues heroes complete charity ride

110841_OAKLEY_WATERMAN_09/03/11''Former Pompey player Dave Waterman (front) and team are riding from Exmouth to Pagham to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation. ''Pictured at Heritage Business Park, Gosport.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (110841-917)
110841_OAKLEY_WATERMAN_09/03/11''Former Pompey player Dave Waterman (front) and team are riding from Exmouth to Pagham to raise money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation. ''Pictured at Heritage Business Park, Gosport.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (110841-917)

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The Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation is around £15,000 better off today after fundraisers completed their gruelling charity ride.

Former Pompey favourites Alan McLoughlin and Guy Butters were among the 24 cyclists who took on the 185-mile journey from Exmouth to Pagham.

But the event was not without some high drama after one of the team members was taken to hospital after a serious crash.

Lee Green was left with a fractured wrist and jaw, as well as facial injuries and cuts, after the incident.

Green had his helmet to thank for saving his life after he came off his bike.

Even that didn’t stop him from linking up with the rest of the team, though, for the emotional celebrations after they completed the journey.

The event was to raise money for the foundation named in memory of the son of the ex-Pompey defender, who died in 2005 at the age of six from a rare form of cancer.

Waterman was blown away by the efforts of the team and those who threw their support behind them.

He explained they are now looking at their next challenge after the success of their charity effort.

Waterman said: ‘It’s a real sense of achievement to complete it.

‘There were a lot of hills to tackle and it was hard at times but everyone was chuffed to do it.

‘The attitude and commitment of everyone involved was absolutely first class.

‘The money raised was incredible.

‘The crash was quite a bad one but we knew if anyone was going to get injured it was Lee.

‘We call him “Mr Calamity”. So that tells the story!

‘He made it to the celebration at the end, though. He said he wouldn’t miss it for the world.

‘A lot of people didn’t know each other beforehand but it was like we’d known each other for years by the end of it.

‘People struggled at times but we all helped each other out.

‘Now, they are already talking about what to do next.

‘I want to thank everyone who took part, helped with refreshments and donated money.

‘It was a big success.’