Wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women from the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Colchester took part in a fly fishing activity led by members of a local fishing group.
The two veterans and one serving personnel were given 1:1 tuition from the club members on techniques such as casting and playing fish. Once learnt, they set up their equipment along a tranquil lake near Colchester to put the techniques into practice.
As the evening light began to fade Sadie, a serving member of the Armed Forces and H4H beneficary, reeled in the biggest catch of the day with a 4lb trout which was cooked on the BBQ with all the seasonings! A welcome free beer was provided to all participants courtesy of The Crown at Messing to help wash the fish down.
Fly fishing is a popular recovery activity amongst wounded, injured and sick veterans and serving personnel as it combines both time to socialise and quiet time to reflect. It is also a great strengthening exercise whilst allowing the injured men and women an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air.
Sadie was elated with her win and was presented with a trophy which she hassince put up in her room while she stays at the Colchester Recovery Centre, Chavasse VC House.
“I had never tried fly fishing before and as I have limited mobility I was surprised that they could cater for me. I didn’t realise how accessible this sport could be and it was the icing on the cake to catch the biggest fish of the night! It was delicious”.
David Sherwood, who offered the use of his lake said and organised the event, said:
“I have run the fishery since 1980, and last year it struck me, that, with a garrison town on our doorstep, we should offer some therapeutic help to our brave friends, prepared to put their lives on the line for our freedom, but the real inspiration was from Christopher Robinson, with whom I fished in Russia, who set up "Fishing for Heroes", and who runs Roxtons, , one of the premier fishing agencies !”
If you have been wounded, injured or sick whilst serving in the Armed Forces or are a loved one of some wounded then Help for Heroes can support you. Call 01206 814886 or visit www.helpforheroes.org.uk/get-support for more information.