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CARP CHAT
Casting for Recovery UK and Ireland
celebrates its 50th retreat milestone
Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland
(CfR), the medical fly-fishing programme for ladies who have or have
had breast cancer, celebrated its 50th
retreat on 17-19th May with a visit to
the Garnffrwd Fishery in Llanelli,
South Wales.
Retreat coordinator Sue Shaw said:
“We have come a long way since
starting in 2007 and were delighted to
celebrate this landmark by hosting a
second retreat at this lovely fishery
with 12 ladies from as far field as
Motherwell, London, Southampton,
Durham and of course Wales.
“The weather was with us, and
there were delighted whoops from
around the lakeside as quite a few of
the participants successfully caught
trout on the Sunday to take home
with them. The ladies were very ably
assisted by their guides who were
mostly men and women from the
Welsh International squad.”
As befitted the occasion, there
Winner Chris is
streets ahead!
Winner of our Guess the Weight competition is... Chris Street, pictured here
with his wife Sharmaine. Chris has won
a £200 Fishing Megastore voucher after
nearly 700 people entered the contest.
Watch out for more great competitions
coming soon! n
were two lovely cakes – one courtesy
of one of the participants, Norma –
and each of the ladies received a
Welsh slate plaque as a memento of
the occasion and a goodie bag of
Welsh produce. Countryside Alliance
director for Wales, Rachel Evans
added: “It was a fantastic retreat, and
I feel really privileged that this very
special anniversary should land on
the Wales retreat date.”
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
cancer.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, mindfulness
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 fly-
casting 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, and applications are
open for our retreat at Forbes of Kingennie, Dundee from 13-15th Septemb e r. A p p l i c a t i o n s c a n b e m a d e
through out website –
h t t p s : / / w w w. c o u n t r y s i d e alliance.org/charity/casting-forrecovery-uk-ireland n
Clubs and fisheries –
save £5,000 on new
wheelyboat
The deadline for clubs and fisheries to apply
for a new wheelyboat has been extended
until 31st May. The Angling Trust has joined
forces with The Wheelyboat Trust to partfund seven new wheelyboats, specially
adapted for wheelchair users. It means the
cost of a new wheelyboat will be discounted
by £5,000.. n
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