£1,200-plus charity cheer
RIVER matchmen once again backed fundraisers for deserving causes, with a combined £1,200 and counting, from two long-established events on Bedfordshire’s Great Ouse and the Upper Trent at Burton, in Staffordshire.
More than £700 will enter the coffers of the local hospital’s charitable trust following the Bedford Hospitals Cup, on the
Ouse between Kempston and Oakley, sponsored by Blunham Angling Club with support from Vauxhall AC and Bedford AC.
Organisers worked hard to provide 72 fishable pegs on a low, clear and weedy river, where 12 doublefigure weights led by Paul Reynolds (Blunham) with 20 lb 12 oz of roach from the Kempston section – alongside the funds raised – were just rewards for their efforts.
Meanwhile, despite a reduced attendance of 43, due to a RiverFest clash, organisers of the Drennan Coors Masters/Macmillan Nurses charity Open on the Trent around Burton raised £525 for the cause.
Nigel Bull (Ferry Bridge) led an impressive string of double-figure weights with 24 lb 12 oz, comprising four chub to legered meat and back-up ‘bits’ caught on pole, from peg 25 on the Baillies stretch.
Nigel Bull displays his Drennan Coors Macmillan winning catch.