Fratton favourites get in the saddle for charity

Dave Waterman is cycling from Exmouth to Pagham
Dave Waterman is cycling from Exmouth to Pagham
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Former Fratton favourites are getting on their bikes this week in a bid to raise money for a local charity.

Alan McLoughlin and Guy Butters head a line-up of 26 fundraisers cycling 192 miles from Exmouth to Pagham.

Leaving on Friday, the gruelling trek is in aid of the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

The son of ex-Blues defender Dave Waterman died in 2005, at the age of six, following a rare form of cancer.

Waterman’s foundation has gone from strength-to-strength, funding two caravans which enable children with life-threatening illnesses to go on free holidays.

Waterman will join former team-mates McLoughlin, Butters, Dave Birmingham and Lee Steele in cycling from Devon Cliffs to Pagham.

So far £15,000 has been pledged by sponsors.

And Waterman is hoping to raise plenty more.

He said: ‘The support has been fantastic.

‘I didn’t expect this, not from the 25 other riders, not from all those people who have given money. I am so, so grateful.

‘Everyone is excited and a bit nervous as well. It’s going to be a bit of a trek – but a big achievement.’

Elliotts builders have donated £4,000, while Specsavers have chipped in with £500.

In addition, Gosport Dry Linings have raised £8,000 through sponsorship.

Other contributors include Gosport Copy Centre, Gosport Boiler & Heating Spares, Vision Travel and Wyvern Barracks in Exeter.

Potential sponsors can contact Dave on (023) 9271 0367 or the foundation’s page on Facebook.