AN ANGLING charity group have raised over £21,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in a 48-hour carp match to bring them to nearly 50K in their short existence.

But the group from Nuneaton, Warwickshire are already planning the next annual event with hopes of breaching the £100,000 barrier.

Cast Away Cancer was founded in 2014 by five friends, who all knew someone affected by cancer. They have mainly raised most of the money through an annual weekend carp match held on Packington Somers in Meriden, West Midlands.

Organiser Matt Wright said: “We were blown away by the amount of money raised this year which exceeded all expectations. The fishing was tough but some top fish were caught. The best was a 24 lb 4 oz common landed by Tamwoth’s Nicki Lea.”

Overall winner from the 20-entry was Lee Walker (pictured) with just over 48 lb, who travelled all the way from Scotland. Lee said, “I’m delighted to have won. I’ve never opened a bottle of champagne before.”

The event was sponsored by Trakker Products plus many others helped including Nash Tackle and Fosters of Birmingham.

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