Thousands of pounds raised at fishing event

Around £5,000 was raised at a fly-fishing event, in aid of a military charity which supports veterans suffering from problems relating to active service.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 23rd May 2016, 10:30 am
Those who took part and were involved in the Fishing for Heroes fund-raising event
Those who took part and were involved in the Fishing for Heroes fund-raising event

Organised by angler Lucy Bowden, from Alnwick, the event was staged at Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery earlier this month.

The fund-raiser attracted 49 anglers, who took part in a friendly fly-fishing competition which, despite the hard fishing conditions, saw 189 fish caught.

Prizes were awarded to the top three participants with the most fish: Paul Snaith, Alec Harvey and Barrie Nicholson. A prize was also given to best junior angler, Reece Dixon.

Among the anglers and marshals, current and ex-members of the Armed Forces were present.

The successful event – the fourth of its kind – helped raise thousands of pounds for Fishing for Heroes, which provides fully-expensed fly-fishing courses as part of a therapy package for veterans who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Lucy said: “Fishing For Heroes is a charity very close to my heart.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to spend time with the men and women who have given so much for us.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make the day a massive success and, although the final total hasn’t been confirmed yet, we’re looking in the region of £5,000-plus, which is a brilliant result for a one-day event.”

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