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2014 Christmas Message from Bill Howell, Founder

To all friends of FFF, mentors, donators, helpers and guests,

May I take this opportunity to wish you, your families and all friends the very best of the festive season and a cracking 2015.

Thank you for all your sterling support throughout 2014 helping to bring 500 plus members of HMAF to the waterside and  I assure you without exception everyone had a great day (I am consistently told even when the guest did not catch).

With your support we will make 2015 a memorable year so please remember at all times this is your charity and it is your support that keeps it alive.

The need for a therapeutic day at the waterside is growing rapidly especially for our wounded but with many more of our service personnel being made redundant with little training on how to revert back to civilian life after serving our country our meagre efforts we hope will make an impact on their future which I feel is imperative.

My sincere thanks once again and I hope to have the pleasure of your company soon.

My best thoughts

Bill Howell
Founder

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Running the Berlin Marathon for Fishing for Forces

Mike Trundley in his FFF running gear

Mike Trundley in his FFF running gear

On 28th September, Mike Trundley will be running the Berlin Marathon to raise money for Fishing for Forces.

I am a 55 year old teacher with some 33 years school experience. I have spent the majority of my professional life working in Special Schools and am now Head of School at Northgate School Arts College, Northampton.

I first ran a marathon in 1984 and after completing my second event in London in 1985 I ‘retired’ from the sport. I was persuaded to restart my running career in 2009 as a 50 year old. Since then I have completed New York (2009), Venice (2010), Edinburgh (2011), Paris (2012), Barcelona (2013) and Loch Ness (2013). I have managed to finish all the runs in under 4 hours and am currently on the threshold to qualify to run in Boston as an ‘elite’ runner in my age group. For this I need to be under 3 hours 40 minutes – in Loch Ness I ran 3 hours 40 minutes 12 seconds! This is my running target for 2014. My longer term target is to complete all 6 major city runs. Assuming I do Berlin in September I need to qualify for Boston and then get into Chicago and Tokyo.

In addition to this I play a bit of golf, enjoy hill walking and have a season ticket at West Ham!

It’s people like Mike who make Fishing for Forces what it is and we’re extremely grateful to him for his efforts. If you’re able to sponsor Mike, please do so by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=MikeTrundley

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Survey project at Angling Projects Wraysbury

Date: 30th-31st August 2014

I was privileged to be asked to take part in a survey project investigating the therapeutic effect angling has on those who have suffered wounds and trauma in conflict.

The project involved 14 ex military personnel and was coordinated by Mark Wheeler and Dr Nick Cooper from Essex University Dept of Psychology and Prof Jamie Hughes from Vets Inst at Anglia Ruskin. The venue was Angling Projects Lake at Wraysbury run by Les Webber MBE. The guests came from all over the UK via Colchester PRU and spent the week end (Sat/Sun) in Bivvies fishing for Carp and other coarse fish. Les supplied all the tackle (rods etc) and Nash Tackle supplied the beds and Bivvies (tents) thanks to Nick Watkins. Fishing for Forces supplied T-shirts and baseball caps and I generally made a nuisance of myself wherever possible!

It was amazing to see 14 people who did not know each other suddenly spring into action as a team when told they were erecting the Bivvies (they were going to be sleeping in them) and assisting each other all the way round the lake transporting the gear in wheelbarrows with a small race to get the best spots! The event was boosted when on Saturday lunchtime Captain Chaos (aka Chris Tarrant) and his Lady arrived and spent a long time chatting with each guest and giving advice on carp fishing and weed clearing. They (CT and Lady Jane) returned again on Sunday so that he could sign T shirts and caps and discuss with the guests how they felt the weekend went. Chris spoke at length with the University team who stayed overnight with the guests and the general consensus from the guests – to a man and lady – was that they had a great time and the transformation was visibly heart warming.

Quite a number of the weekend’s guests will be joining us at the RMAS day for a bit of trout fishing and there is serious discussion about starting a club so FFF may have more work to do. As anglers know (because they are anglers) the therapeutic relief we get from a stress-ridden week at work, we now have to share it as much as possible with those who suffer and have suffered in defence of our much-envied way of life. It is easier than you think to share this knowledge and your contribution is invaluable.

Bill Howell

Judging by recent articles and comments from members of the group and their relatives after this event it appears “Mission Accomplished”

Bill Howell

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The Houses of Parliament Fundraising Lunch

Date: Thursday 20th November 2014
Location: The Houses of Parliament, London

Description:

Due to great response and the courtesy of Lord Dear, Fishing for Forces will be having another fundraising lunch at the Houses of Parliament.

This has proven such a popular event and requests were so numerous that Lord Dear has generously agreed to host another lunch in aid of Fishing For Forces. Six of the twelve tables have already been booked and with a three course superb meal and an auction with items for everyone in such a prestigious setting it is no wonder it has proven very popular.

To book your seat or a table pleas email bill@fishingforforces.org. First come, first served.

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October 2014 – Avon Springs, Durrington, Wiltshire

Date: Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Location: Avon Springs Fishery, Durrington, Wiltshire

Description:

20 members of HM Armed Forces were welcomed as guests of Fishing For Forces for a day of trout fishing at Avon Springs Fishery in Durrington, Wiltshire.

View our gallery of images from this fantastic day out below:

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October 2014 – Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells

Date: Thursday 9th October 2014
Location: Chalybeate Springs Trout Fishery, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Description:

15 members of HMAF were guests of Tonbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society at a Fishing for Forces event. They spent the day trout fishing in the beautiful environment at Chalybeate Springs.

Mentors were organised by TWFFS and the day was sponsored by both TWFFS and Fidelity International Worldwide.

View our photo gallery from the day below:

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September 2014 – Petersfinger Lakes, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Date: Thursday 25th September 2014
Venue: Petersfinger Lakes, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Time: 10am

Description: On Thursday 25th September 2014, Salisbury and District Angling Club and Aardvark International are inviting guests from Tedworth House for a day’s coarse fishing at Petersfinger Lakes in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Mentors kindly organised by society.

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Fidelity Fishing for Forces fundraising day at Chalybeate Springs, Tunbridge Wells

Date: Saturday 13th September 2014

Description:
Staff at Fidelity Worldwide Investment under the guidance of Vicki Haxton and Mick Heasman have kindly organised two events with other staff members within the organisation. The first is a dress down Friday where Fidelity staff regularly raise donations for a number of charities. The second is a Trout fishing day at Chalybeate Springs where approx 20 Fidelity staff from two offices under the guidance of Tunbridge Wells FFS (Mentors) will battle for a number of prizes with biggest fish and bag in the offing.

Mentors kindly supplied by TWFFS and Mjr Derek Saunders from HQLF is kindly presenting the prizes. Bill Howell of Fishing for Forces is staying the hell out of the way as this promises to be a trout day extraordinaire. Results later.

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September 2014 – The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst

Date: Wednesday 10th September 2014
Location: The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Description:

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst through Fishing for Forces is hosting 10 guests for the day, including a couple of the team from Essex University studying the therapeutic beneficial effect of angling for those who have suffered both physical and trauma. Mentors supplied by FFF, the Ghurka Regiment and members of the Academy Trout Fishing Club.

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August 2014 – Petersfinger Lakes, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Date: Thursday 14th August 2014
Venue: Petersfinger Lakes, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Time: 10am

Description: On Thursday 14th August 2014, Salisbury and District Angling Club and Aardvark International are inviting guests from Tedworth House for a day’s coarse fishing at Petersfinger Lakes in Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Mentors kindly organised by society.

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