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National Lottery Community Fund
boost for Casting for Recovery
Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland,
the medical fly-fishing programme for
ladies who have, or have had breast
cancer is delighted to announce that
we are the beneficiaries of a £9,595
grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
The National Lottery grant will
enable us to replace fishing tackle
(rods and reels etc) along with clothing used by the 80 ladies we take on
retreat. We hold six events across
England, Wales, Scotland and the
Republic of Ireland each year.
Earlier this month we celebrated
our 50th retreat, where we
invited 12 ladies who have
or have had breast cancer
on a health-giving weekend of therapy and fly-fishing in Llanelli, South Wales.
CfR organiser Sue Shaw
said: “This National Lottery
grant is so important to us,
and for it to come just as
Linear Fisheries Step Up To Support
Carp Team England
The UK’s most popular day ticket lake,
Linear Fisheries, has stepped in late in the
day to offer the Browns Angling Ladies Carp
Team some extra financial backing to help with
their vast expenses for the forthcoming fixture at the first
ever Ladies Carp Angling World Cup.
Chris Blunt of Linear Fisheries said: “We’re proud to be able to offer the ladies
some help and support in the first ever Ladies
World Cup and wish the team all the best in bringing home the gold.”
The team have recently returned from a practice
trip to the event venue and will be heading back
for the main event in less than two weeks. The
match starts on Wednesday 29th May and regular
updates will be on the Carp Team England Facebook page. n
we celebrate our 50th retreat is a
lovely coincidence. Most of our equipment and clothing is around 12 years
old so definitely needs updating.
Many of the ladies who come on our
retreats are quite scarred physically
and emotionally by their breast cancer diagnosis. We hope that by spending a weekend with us where they
undergo counselling and medical
support whilst learning a new skill in
the great outdoors, we can help start
the healing process. A number of
them have taken up fly-fishing as a
hobby – some even progressing to
fish in the Home International Championships.”
Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland
is run by The Countryside Alliance
Foundation (TCAF), the charity set up
to increase access to the countryside
and to use it for education, fun and
healing. It works on the simple principle that fly fishing is wonderful therapy for those recovering from breast
The programme takes ladies on a
two-day residential retreat where fly
fishing tuition is part of a packed itinerary that also includes counselling,
relaxation and medical support. The
residential retreat aims to help both
body and mind, with the medical and
counselling aspects complementing
the gentle physical therapy of the flycasting motion. We are extremely
grateful to the fly fishing and medical
volunteers who take time to ensure
that the ladies all enjoy their weekend
and to our generous hosts.
CfR will run six retreats throughout
2019. Our next takes place at the
Mount Falcon Estate in Co Mayo from
21-23rd June. n


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