Record charity haul
● £54K in one weekend ● Help for England ace’s mum
ACHARITY match has raised a stonking £54,051 in a single weekend – a record for a carp fishing event.
England carp international Wayne Mansford originally wanted to raise £10,000 for his mum, Jacqui, who has a rare form of cancer known as NET, but the generous anglers easily surpassed that total.
The weekend event was held at popular day venue, Farlows Lake, in Buckinghamshire. Anglers raised the huge total for treatment that isn’t available on the NHS, plus 20 per cent going to the NET Patient Foundation.
Maidenhead, Berkshirebased Wayne said: “If you could say a massive thank-you on behalf of me and my family to everyone and especially the boys who ran it so well, I’d really appreciate it.”
Co-organiser Robert Greening said: “The money was raised by food, drink, raffle and entertainment during the event and auctions. We’ve since found out this event was the largest single fundraiser event so far in carp angling.
“The winners were Ricky Eason and Mark Bacon, who caught the biggest fish, which was a 30 lb 2 oz mirror carp.
“We would like to thank
Kev Knight at Mainline Baits, Thomas Duncan-Dunlop,
Steve Blow and Ed Mcdermott (Farlows owner) to name just a few, as these guys helped raise the most significant individual sums of money,” he added.
Richard Austin, who landed three carp to 24 lb 8 oz, said: “The theme for the weekend was orange, as Wayne is ‘Strawberry Blonde’, so I opted for my bright orange CC Moore Acid Pear Pop Ups, renamed for the weekend as ‘Ginger Prince Pop Ups’. It was a great weekend, and it was brilliant raising so much money for a worthy cause,” he added.