Disappointing response to charity motorcycle run

A warm breakfast inside them, courtesy of Pete Williams (second from left) and Punchbowl bar staff Emma Baker, and Chris Cox and Phil Watson (right) are ready for their charity run to Whitby. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG020612-333NG
A warm breakfast inside them, courtesy of Pete Williams (second from left) and Punchbowl bar staff Emma Baker, and Chris Cox and Phil Watson (right) are ready for their charity run to Whitby. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG020612-333NG
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A GRIEVING son who had hoped to raise lots of money for a cancer charity in memory of his mother was left devastated by a lack of support.

Phil Watson, of Moulton Chapel, thought a large group of about 20 people would be making the journey from the Punchbowl in Spalding to Whitby on motorbikes for a weekend of camping. Each participant was going to contribute £5 to Phil’s collection for Macmillan Cancer Support following the death from cancer in February of his mother, Patricia Watson (70), of Bourne.

However, despite indications from friends on Facebook that they would be going with him, just one loyal friend turned up, Chris Cox of Crowland.

“It’s terrible. It’s disgusting really because all these are meant to be friends,” said a disappointed Phil who ended up with just £10 for the charity.

What did cheer him up though was the hearty breakfast made by Pete Williams, landlord of the Punchbowl, to see him and Chris on their way – and the good weather in Whitby in contrast to South Holland’s wintery gloom.