Generous couple gives 700 bottles of water to gridlocked motorists

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 August 2017

Jayne and Martin Townley, who gave out water to gridlocked motorists on Friday, and Jayne's mum Marcia Williams who let people use her toilet during the day.

Jayne and Martin Townley, who gave out water to gridlocked motorists on Friday, and Jayne's mum Marcia Williams who let people use her toilet during the day.


After a motorway accident saw Weston-super-Mare grind to a halt on Friday, good samaritans shone through the exhaust fumes to ‘brighten the days’ of frustrated motorists.

A crash between two lorries on the M5 between Weston and Clevedon in the early hours of August 4 caused a fuel spillage – which meant the road required emergency resurfacing causing Weston to ‘become a car park’.

Many people were ‘at breaking point’, sitting in static traffic which reached from junction 21 to the town centre and did not clear until late in the evening.

But when Jayne and Martin Townley, of New Bristol Road, retuned home from a Mediterranean cruise they spent no time unwinding and unpacking, instead opting to spend hours helping stranded motorists.

When the pair stepped onto the platform at Worle and realised the scale of the gridlock they spent the next five hours handing out a staggering 700 bottles of water to people caught in the jam.

The couple also enlisted the help of Jayne’s mum, Marcia Williams, who opened her toilet to the public.

Jayne, aged 48, said: “There was a mass of static traffic; some people had been there for eight hours. We said to each other ‘we can’t just leave these people’.

“We didn’t even unpack, we went straight out to Lidl and bought a trolley full of water and we opened up my mum’s house for people to use the toilet.

“We weren’t charging but some people kept giving us money so we went back and bought more water.

“Loads of people have thanked us and said we restored their faith in humanity. It was so nice to help so many people when Weston became a car park.”

“Lots of people were helping us too. Weston came together and helped each other.”

Jayne and Martin have received hundreds of messages on social media thanking them for their generosity.

Jayne added: “We’ve had so many nice messages. People were at breaking point and it made a difference. It was nice to brighten people’s day.

“People have been offering to give us money on Facebook, but my son has a medical condition so we’re encouraging people to donate or share his funding page.”

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