Anglers bag a £4k catch for charity at fund-raiser

Some of the anglers at the Fishing for Heroes event at Thrunton Long Crag fishery.
Some of the anglers at the Fishing for Heroes event at Thrunton Long Crag fishery.

A fly-fishing competition held in north Northumberland at the weekend saw more than £4,000 raised for military charity, Fishing for Heroes.

The fun event, on Saturday, took place at Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery.

Organised by Lucy Bowden, 26 anglers took part in the competition and most caught fish.

The event was followed by a barbecue, auction and raffle, bringing in a total of more than £4,000 for the anglers’ charity which supports military veterans.

A similar fund-raiser last year reeled in more than £1,500 for HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The heaviest bag on the day was fished by Andy Richmond and totalled 16lb 8oz, In second place was Gary Clark with 12lb 11oz. The heaviest fish was 6lb 5oz, netted by William Cromby.

Organiser Lucy Bowden said: “Fishing For Heroes is a charity very close to my heart and this is the second year running I’ve organised a fund-raising event for them.

“Monies are still coming in, but having raised in excess of £4,000 on one day is just fantastic.

“I’d like to say a massive thank-you to everyone who came along and supported the event, donated prizes to the auction and raffle and, of course, to Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery for letting us hold the event at the venue.

“I’d also like to thank our main sponsor, Barbour for their support.”

Helen Barbour, from the firm, said: “We are delighted to have been involved with such a worthwhile cause and to see so much money raised for the charity.

“Fishing is an integral part of the Barbour lifestyle and it’s fantastic to see so many anglers supporting the event and raising the profile of Fishing for Heroes.”

The fishery at Thrunton Long Crag was officially opened in April this year at the old Swarland Brickworks site.

Owner Jill Blythe said: “It was a real pleasure to host the Fishing For Heroes charity event at Thrunton Long Crag this year for Lucy.

“We were delighted with the amount of money raised for such a worthy charity and all the anglers involved were so very generous with their time and money – great fun was had by many in glorious sunshine.”

Paul West, of Fishing For Heroes, said: “Lucy Bowden once again organised yet another fantastic day of fishing, fellowship and fund-raising.

“On behalf of the trustees and all the beneficiaries of Fishing For Heroes, I would like to thank everyone who attended, gave their time and their donations, all helping to make this day such a marvellous success.”

More information on the charity can be found online –