Charity cash is the perfect catch

Lucy Bowden with Fishing for Heroes national coordinator Paul West and Lee Cartmail, who was the winner of the heaviest fish.
Lucy Bowden with Fishing for Heroes national coordinator Paul West and Lee Cartmail, who was the winner of the heaviest fish.

A fund-raising fishing event has landed more than £5,000 for a charity which supports military veterans.

The event, organised by angling coach Lucy Bowden, was staged at Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery on Sunday.

A total of 48 competitors took part in the money-maker, in aid of Fishing for Heroes. The charity provides fully-expensed fly-fishing courses as part of a therapy package for veterans who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Lucy said: “This is the third fund-raiser I’ve held for Fishing for Heroes and my biggest yet. Although the final total raised hasn’t been confirmed, I’m absolutely thrilled so far, especially as we’ve already beaten last year’s figure.

“There are so many people to thank so a massive thank-you goes to everyone who supported the event, Chris and Jill of Thrunton and R Green & Son Butchers, Longframlington, who donated the meat for the barbecue.”

There were several winners on the day. Rob Frame landed the heaviest bag, weighing in at 17lb 12oz, while Lee Cartmail netted the heaviest fish, with his 7lb12oz catch.

David Todd (13lb 2oz) had the second-heaviest bag, while Ian Macarthur was third (11lb15oz).

For more information about the charity, visit www.fishingforheroes.com