Angling marathon in Ab­bie’s mem­ory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Vicky Castle

Fundrais­ing fish­er­men sur­vived a four-day fish­ing chal­lenge in Bethers­den and said the whole thing went swim­mingly.

Craig Low­ery, 31, Ty­rone Low­ery, 39, and Mark John­son, 26, braved the re­cent down­pours for a spon­sored camp­ing and carp fish­ing event at Lovelace Fish­eries.

The rods had to be in the wa­ter at all times, which meant each fish­er­man had to get up ev­ery time his equip­ment beeped, so they barely slept.

But the real catch was the trio couldn’t spend any money.

The slept in do­nated tents, caught fresh­wa­ter carp with do­nated equip­ment and sur­vived only on do­nated food from friends, fam­ily and co-work­ers.

The team have raised more than £250 for chil­dren’s brain can­cer char­ity Ab­bie’s Army, but or­gan­iser Craig said they were also keen to raise aware­ness.

He said: “Septem­ber is child­hood can­cer month and we wanted to do some­thing to get peo­ple talk­ing about such an im­por­tant is­sue.

“We re­ally want to raise aware­ness about deadly dis­eases like Ab­bie’s and we want to raise the pro­file of the char­ity that is try­ing to do some­thing about it.”

Ab­bie’s Army was set up af­ter six-year-old Ab­bie Mif­sud, f rom Ash­ford, died of an i nop­er­a­ble and i ncur­able 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.

To do­nate as much money as pos­si­ble, the Army of An­glers sur­vived for four days, en­tirely free.

Craig added: “We lit­er­ally haven’t spent a penny. Ev­ery­thing’s been do­nated, from the fish­ing rods and bait to the sleep­ing bags we’re us­ing and food we’re eat­ing.”

Not that any of the fish­er­man knew what they were eat­ing.

Friends and f am­ily who do­nated tins or pack­ets of food had peeled the la­bels off all the tins so ev­ery meal was a sur­prise.

Craig said: “I had a sur­prise break­fast of pineap­ple chunks on the first day and I’m sure one of the iden­ti­fied tins looked like dog food. We never found out if it was though.”

Craig and Mark work for Dun­lop BTL - the com­pany be­long­ing to Ab­bie’s dad Ray - who sup­ported the team’s chal­lenge.

There’s still time to sup­port the chal­lenge and do­nate at www. just­giv­ing.com/craig-low­ery.

To watch the fish­er­man in KMTV’s video, visit www. ken­ton­line.co.uk/kmtv

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4022360

Mark John­son, Craig Low­ery and Ty­rone Low­ery on their four-day fish­ing event

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2375712

Ray Mif­sud and Amanda Walker with a pic­ture of their daugh­ter Ab­bie

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