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IN 2018 I spent 80 or 90 days vol­un­teer­ing for Get Hooked on Fish­ing. I am a trustee of the char­ity, so I have a vested in­ter­est, but we have sailed through some trou­bled times over the past cou­ple of years with vary­ing de­grees of mis­in­for­ma­tion ap­pear­ing in cer­tain me­dia chan­nels.

We have en­dured crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity against us which won’t be made fully pub­lic un­til the sum­mer, but it will be re­solved to our ben­e­fit as one guilty plea has al­ready been ac­cepted by the CPS.

As a char­ity we need more vol­un­teers. We are not di­rectly an

an­gling char­ity – we are ba­si­cally

a chil­dren’s char­ity that uses an­gling as a medium to im­prove the lives of young peo­ple ex­cluded by many and var­i­ous means from main­stream so­ci­ety. There’s no doubt that we are suc­cess­ful.

We also work very closely with the An­gling Trust. GHoF’s role is as a de­liv­ery part­ner for their con­tract with the En­vi­ron­ment Agency to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion. We do that by run­ning Fam­ily Fish­ing Days across our own projects and other events, in­clud­ing BBC Coun­try­file Live which this year has two in­car­na­tions.

In 2018 we had thou­sands pass

through our hands at Blen­heim

Palace. Our chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, the mas­sively hard-work­ing Sarah Collins, is on the board of the An­gling Trust and I am hon­oured to be a con­sul­tant for them as well as be­ing part of the An­gling Par­tic­i­pa­tion Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on a vol­un­tary, no ex­penses ba­sis.

Sarah Collins, the hard­work­ing head of Get Hooked on Fish­ing, is no mean an­gler her­self.

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