ORCHID LAKES boss Marsh Pratley, an inspiring angling character, is bravely fighting his cancer as he continues to raise money for charity.

The Oxfordshire-based former marine and Orchid Lakes pioneer is undergoing tough chemotherapy treatment.

But, as reported by Angler’s Mail, he is determined to keep raising money for Anglers Against Cancer, the charity he co-founded four years ago.

Marsh is well on course to reach this year’s target of £51,355 which will bring the total raised by the charity to a quarter of a million pounds.

James Simpson, manager of carp-oriented Orchid Lakes in Oxfordshire, said: “The main fundraising event is our big match on September 20 which is already a sell-out.

“Although the fishing is full, others can come and camp on the site (Orchid Lakes) for a charitable £10 and enjoy the activities which will include a hog roast and entertainment.

“We have been donated a lot of items like tackle and fishing holidays which will be raffled on the day as well as some being auctioned in the meantime on our website.

“We are currently auctioning a guided holiday for two to the River Ebro kindly donated by Edd Brett’s Catfish Tours.

“Marsh is having chemo today and responding positively to the challenge of his illness, and we hope he will be well enough to attend.

“We are determined to carry on his legacy of running the fishery (Orchid Lakes) and the charity,” James added.

Orchid Lakes boss helps barbel efforts

Only last week Marsh Pratley donated a rare Fred Crouch rod to the Barbel Society who chipped in with a hefty £750 straight away.

Despite being known in recent times for offering terrific big carp fishing at Orchid Lakes, Marsh is a noted all-round specimen angler. His passions include barbel.

Society chairman Steve Pope explained: “The wonderful rod, a Barbel Perfection which is No.1 of a limited edition of 25 made by Fred and is totally unused, has a very special significance to us.

“We will now set up our own section to help raise money for the charity that is so dear to Marsh.

“It gives us the opportunity to set aside a date each year when we can pay our own homage to those whose shoulders we stand on.

“It isn’t totally decided yet but we will be holding an event in August or September provisionally called ‘Celebrating our Legends’ and the money raised will go to Anglers Against Cancer.

“Marsh has come to represent all that is good about angling, his inspiration will live on in all of us who are privileged to know him and he has reached out way beyond his own huge circle,” he concluded.

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