HELP ME IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUNG LIVES
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.