In June 2010 fourteen club members and helpers went on a trip of a lifetime fishing in Ireland.
We stayed at Cuisle, a centre built especially with the needs of disabled people in mind. All the accommodation is wheelchair accessible and equipment such as hoists etc were available.
Fishing on the local River Suck where there are 36 purpose built fishing platforms was a little disappointing as we were the unlucky people who went to Ireland when it hadn't rained significantly for nearly three months !,resulting in the river being about five foot below its normal level (it was still sixteen foot deep in places !) and having very little flow.However we all caught and we also visited a large lake to the north of Cuisle where we had a pleasure day followed by a match in the same pegs again the level was down but everyone caught.
Five members went for a days sea fishing in Galway Bay catching Mackeral for bait,Cod,Pollack and then a run of good sized Dogfish.
The trip was in wheelchair accessible transport and a support vehicle to carry the luggage and fishing equipment.
The trip included accommodation, full board, evening entertainment, fishing permits, ferry crossing and transport.Shame it didn't include the cost of the Murphys Stout because a fair bit of it was drunk during the week.
We set a goal of raising £10,000 to help towards the cost of the trip and managed to get very close to it.
To achieve this total we had an active fund raising campaign which included; Bingo's; car boots; raffle's; book and tackle sales and an auction of promises.
We were very lucky in that several individuals and business's gave items that were used to raise funds, this was greatly appreciated.
Car Boot - Dents of Hilgay,
5th September 2009
Around 40 stalls and several hundred people turned up to our first fund raising event.
We raised a magnificent £631 from the event towards our appeal.
Norfolk Constabulary Donation
The police recently held their national angling championship at Barford Lakes.
They Kindly donated £2,000.00, the proceeds from this event to our Ireland fund raising appeal.
Presentation photograph, left to right, ACC Mr Charlie Hall, DC Mick Andrews, Mark Howard, Rob Bunting, Richard Pearman, Tina Bunting and PC Dave Ringwood.
Open Charity Fishing Match
Dents of Hilgay, Shop Lake
7th October 2009
16 anglers fished this event run by Dennis and Dave.
1st Vic Jackson (Bedford) 34lb 11oz
2nd Ian Warby (Cambs) 34lb 7oz
3rd Alec Bates (Cambs) 30lb 14oz
23rd November 2009
Thanks to everyone who donated prizes and helped on the evening to make this a very good event. We raised an amazing £477.00 from the evening.
Auction of Promises
4th December 2009
Thanks to all the people who donated items to this event and to the people who kindly bought items at this event. We raised a staggering £457.00
Left: Viewing the Auction of Promises.
Right: Looking for a bargain at the tackle sale, part of the auction.