A CHARITY match has raised a stonking £54,051 in a single weekend – a record for a carp fishing event.
England carp fishing international Wayne Mansford originally wanted to raise £10,000 for his mum Jacqui who a rare form of cancer known as NET but easily surpassed that total.
In a weekend event at the popular day ticket venue Farlows Lake, near Iver in Buckinghamshire, they raised the huge total for treatment that isn’t available on the NHS. Plus 20 per cent went to the NET Patient Foundation.
Maidenhead, Berkshire-based Wayne said: “If you could say a massive thank you on behalf of myself and my family to everyone and especially the boys who ran it so well I’d really appreciate it. “
Co-organiser Robert Greening said: “It was raised by food, drink, raffle and entertainment during the event, and auctions was a major player.
“The winners were Ricky Eason and Mark Bacon who caught the biggest fish which was a 30 lb 2 oz mirror.”
Robert added: “We would like to thank Kev Knight at Mainline Baits, Thomas Duncan-Dunlop, Steve Blow and Ed McDermott (Farlows owner) just to name a few as these guys helped raise the most significant individual sums of money.
“We’ve since found out this event was the largest single fundraiser event so far in carp fishing,” he added.
Richard Austin, who chipped in with three carp to 24 lb 8 oz (pictured), said: “ The theme for the weekend was orange as Wayne is ‘Strawberry Blonde’.
“So I opted for my bright orange CC Moore Acid Pear Pop Ups, renamed for the weekend as ‘Ginger Prince Pop Ups’.
“It was a great weekend and it was brilliant raising so much money for a worthy cause,” he added.
Stoney and Friends reach £542,200!
Elsewhere, an amazing £8,000 was also raised in the 21 st Stoney & Friends charity fish-in on Yateley West Fishery, taking the running total to a whopping £542,200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Best fish came from the North Lake on the famous complex on the Surrey-Hampshire border with Dan Ibbott taking a 30 Ib mirror (pictured below).
Peter Welford caught his first fish of the event since 2009 with a 27 Ib mirror, and followed that up with an unexpected 12 Ib pike on luncheon meat.
Mark Jarvis, Press officer, said: “Over £1,500 was raised from the raffle alone.
“During the AGM there, we also presented with a certificate from Macmillan Cancer Support, celebrating us winning the 2017 Fundraising Group/Committee Award’ for the London area.
‘We would like to thanks all the sponsors and anglers for taking part in another great fun-filled event,” he added.
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