Carping4Heroes RAISES OVER 10K

Carping4Heroes 2017 took place over the weekend of 23-25 July at Cudmore Fishery in Staffordshire and was a huge success.

On the Friday evening, we were entertained by Stoney Road Acoustic Duo who were followed by a firm favourite of the event, Hawthorn Levi, a 4 piece from Nottingham, both acts got the crowd going and set the bar for the remainder of the weekend, during the evening we held our auction with £2,185 being raised.

The Saturday was kicked off by the match draw with 72 anglers in pairs competing in 6 teams, at 11am the hooter sounded and at 1320hrs our first fish was caught by Matt Johnson who also won the DNA Baits sponsored first fish trophy.

The weather was overcast and slightlty cooler than the heatwave we had a few days before and fish were steadily being caught, and by the time our Q&A session started, the M.P.G.S team were in the lead.

At 5pm the Q&A was kicked off by event organiser Simon Bangert with Mark Hogg being quizzed by those who were taking part in the event, and Mark kept us all entertained with his honest and direct answers as well as the odd story from his times over at the Bluebell complex.

All anglers were back out fishing for 7.30pm and as night fell the R.A.F Carp Team were in the lead with the Ex-Military team not far behind, through the night the standings changed and the Royal Navy & Royal Marines team crept ahead of the R.A.F.

With 2 hours to go there was a sudden rush of captures by the Royal Navy team and they took a decisive lead and at the final hooter had successfully retained the team title for the second year running with a weight of 70lb 14oz.

Steve Brown of the Royal Navy & Royal Marine team won the Nash sponsored pairs title again for a second year with his new partner Ash Bonwick and Sean Chance who was representing the civilian team took the Carpworld sponsored individual title.

Steve Brown also took the Atomic Tackle biggest fish trophy with a mirror of 12lb.

It was a fantastic weekend with plenty of memories and friendships being made and the real winners were the charities as the event raised over £10,700 with Gareth Stevens winning the most sponsorship raised award with £400 being raised.

Event organiser, Simon Bangert said “It’s a superb achievement by all who supported the event to break the £10k barrier again and I wish to thank all the sponsors and the venue for their valuable support”

Mick Clifford