£3,500 raised by Waitrose employees who cycled from Petersfield to the Somme to commemorate World War One battle and laid a wreath on behalf of FFF and Waitrose.
An astonishing £10,680 was raised for a leading military charity at the weekend as 40 people took part in a fly fishing and clay shooting fundraiser at Meon Springs.
The event, now in its second year, raised the cash for Fishing for Forces – a charity that helps our wounded in their recovery and our serving military personnel recuperate by taking them fishing.
The charity also encourages serving and retired military personnel – especially those who have seen operational duty – to take up angling as a therapeutic stress relieving sport.
As part of the event, a prize was awarded for the biggest fish, the biggest combined weight (bag) of fish and best and worst shot of the day.
The winner of heaviest fish was Ron Wilder.
The winner of the biggest bag of fish was Bill Bishop.
The winner of the best shot was Tim Mundy.
The winner of the Clay Preservation Society prize was Miss Jordan Woodhams.
The day got off to a cracking start when six employees of the John Lewis Partnership
handed Bill Howell – founder of Fishing for Forces - a cheque for £3,500 towards the charity. They had cycled from Waitrose in Petersfield to the Somme, in northern France, to mark the centenary of one of the bloodiest battles during World War One.
It was then revealed that the Waitrose Community Investment Committee had donated a further £2,000 to the military charity.
And when all the money raised from the entry fee, raffle and auction was totted up, the stunning figure raised for Fishing for Forces during their ‘Cast and Blast’ fundraiser at Meon Springs was £10,680.
Next year’s Fishing for Forces ‘Cast and Blast’ fundraising day at Meon Springs is on Saturday 15th July 2017.