Army of an­glers go fish­ing for free

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Fundrais­ing fish­er­men will be camp­ing and catch­ing carp for four days to raise cash for Ab­bie’s Army.

Craig Low­ery, 31, Ty­rone Low­ery, 39, and Mark John­son, 26, are start­ing their Fish and Sur­vive event this Sun­day.

Ab­bie’s army of an­glers aim is to sur­vive a spon­sored four days camp­ing and carp fish­ing at Lovelace Fish­eries, in Bethers­den, with­out spend­ing a penny.

Craig said they will be eat­ing do­nated food, sleep­ing in do­nated tents and catch­ing with do­nated equip­ment from com­pa­nies around Kent.

He said: “Our goal is to get as much money as pos­si­ble for this great char­ity so ev­ery­thing has to be free.

“We’ve all do­nated two days wages to Ab­bie’s Army as well.”

Fish­ing baits have been do­nated by Carp­not­ica, a Leeds­based com­pany, Range Baits of Maid­stone, Catcher Baits of Bethers­den and Water­side Baits in Ash­ford.

But while keen an­gler Craig regularly goes fish­ing, his co­worker Mark has never caught a fish in his life.

The pair, who work for Ray Mis­fud, Ab­bie’s dad, were dis­cussing fundrais­ing ideas at work.

Craig said: “Mark told me he’d al­ways wanted to go fish­ing but had never been so I came up with the fish and sur­vive idea.

“Ty­rone doesn’t fish very much ei­ther so it’ll be an in­ter­est­ing week­end.

“The rules are that we have to have our rods in the wa­ter at all times, so there won’t be much sleep.”

Ab­bie’s Army was set up af­ter six-year-old Ab­bie Mif­sud, from Ash­ford, died of an in­op­er­a­ble and in­cur­able form of brain can­cer in 2011.

Since t hen, her par­ents Amanda Walker and Ray Mif­sud have tire­lessly cam­paigned and raised money to fund re­search into treat­ing child­hood can­cers.

Craig added: “I asked about 20 peo­ple last week who knew it was child­hood can­cer month this month and none of them did.

“The whole point is to raise aware­ness about dis­eases like Ab­bie’s and get peo­ple talk­ing about this re­ally im­por­tant is­sue.”

To sup­port the fish­er­men, visit www.just­giv­­ery

Ray Mif­sud

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