The lat­est de­vel­op­ments on the trout scene

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THE Coun­try­side Al­liance Foun­da­tion is to launch Cast­away, a new project aimed at sup­port­ing young peo­ple mov­ing on from cancer. The Foun­da­tion runs projects which use the coun­try­side as a place of ed­u­ca­tion and ther­apy, and this par­tic­u­lar project will take around 20 young adults with cancer and of­fer them a day at Sport­fish Game Fish­ing Cen­tre, in Theale, Read­ing, to learn fly and coarse fish­ing, make new friends and en­joy a day at the wa­ter’s edge – prob­a­bly an unimag­in­able idea when they were in treat­ment. The project is the idea of Char­lotte We­ston, an on­col­ogy nurse who, hav­ing vol­un­teered for the Foun­da­tion’s Cast­ing for Re­cov­ery project for ladies with breast cancer, was im­pressed by fish­ing’s heal­ing pow­ers. When she moved from breast nurs­ing to work­ing with teens and young adults with cancer, she ap­proached the Foun­da­tion’s Charles Jar­dine and Jill Grieve with a view to run­ning a sim­i­lar ther­a­peu­tic project, this time aimed at young peo­ple with cancer. Cast­away will hold its in­au­gu­ral event at the Sport­fish Game Fish­ing Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 13, sup­ported by lead­ing fish­ing and coun­try cloth­ing re­tailer, Far­lows. Those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing can reg­is­ter on the Al­liance’s web­site (www.coun­tryside­al­liance.org - click on ‘Cam­paigns’, then ‘Fish­ing’ and search ‘Cast­away’). While the course is aimed at those aged 18 and over, par­ents are wel­come to join par­tic­i­pants at Sport­fish. “Hav­ing wit­nessed first-hand the way fish­ing can give peo­ple their sparkle back, and maybe even in­tro­duce them to a new in­ter­est for life, it made sense to me that fish­ing ther­apy can work across many dif­fer­ent age groups in of­fer­ing some peace, calm and a way back from ill­ness,” said Char­lotte We­ston. “It is par­tic­u­larly hard for young peo­ple com­ing to the end of their treat­ment and not know­ing where to turn. We hope that com­ing to the wa­ter and learn­ing a new skill will help them to move for­ward.” Par­tic­i­pants at Theale will be drawn from cancer groups across the South East and the Mid­lands. There will be no charge for the day, which will also be staffed with med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als, while all fish­ing in­struc­tion will be led by qual­i­fied in­struc­tors giv­ing their time freely.

Charles Jar­dine dur­ing a demon­stra­tion at Sport­fish, Theale.

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