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A warm welcome to Casting for Recovery
attendees from the Arundell Arms in Devon
Autumnal weather could not dampen
the spirits at the final Casting for
Recovery UK & Ireland retreat of 2019,
at the Arundell Arms, Lifton Devon
(11-13 October)
Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland
– the medical fly fishing programme
for ladies who have or have had
breast cancer – was last at the beautiful country hotel, which is renowned
for its fly fishing in 2017.
Organiser Sue Shaw said: “The
Arundell Arms Hotel hosted us
superbly, especially considering we
only gave them three months’ notice.
The staff were very attentive and the
food was gorgeous! We were joined
by nine ladies who had travelled from
as far away as Derbyshire. It had been
raining nonstop for about two weeks
before the retreat, but the rain
stopped for quite a while over the
weekend, and we even saw a bit of
sunshine. All the ladies managed to
hook a fish and some were taken
home for supper.”
One of the retreat attendees, Louise
said: “‘I had many fears and anxieties
about coming, but you made me feel
so welcome throughout the weekend.
I am humbled and still very emotional
about the positive effect it has had on
me. It was great to meet the other
ladies and hear their stories both of
their breast cancer experiences and
about their lives in general, some of
whom were truly inspirational.
This was the final of six retreats in
2019 and dates for 2020 will be
announced towards the end of
November. 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 and medical advice.
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. n


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