24hr Charity Carp Match Report August 2017
This years event was the most successful and best attended event we have run. It was my last match due to some personal health reasons, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to leave. 50 competitors and a great bunch of volunteers who helped run the day with weigh-ins etc.
The day started collecting the food for the barbeque from my good friend Adey Chalk at Bayside Diner in Gosport. He generously donated the food and some vouchers for raffle prizes.
A massive thank you goes to Adey for his generosity, as I know he has suffered some personal pain and loss recently, and he supports charities all the time. I wish him well for the future and thank him personally for his support.
I then loaded the van with raffle prizes, and tea makings etc and made my way to Lakeside with Mark to start the barbeque. There were some keen competitors already there on arrival, so Mark James and myself started on the barbeque and selling tickets. Mick Collins was sorting out the draw as people arrived as there were some parking issues at the lake.
The food went down well with everyone, and we were kindly entertained by the Emsworth Band as we ate our burgers and hot dogs. It was also great to see some future guide dog puppies as this is where 50% of the funds will be going.
Richard is third from the right in the photo, and he amazed me by fishing the match although he is registered blind. Well done mate, amazing stuff.
With everyone set up in their swims, the match was started at 3pm and myself and my helpers Mick C, Adie C, Mark D, Jim H, Mark J and Keith set up camp at the bench swim as it is about halfway along the bank. We enjoyed a well-earned cuppa before the first weigh-in, which was a big task due to the numbers of competitors taking part.
I made a start on folding the raffle tickets ready for the draw on the Sunday afternoon. I also sold tickets throughout the day, and it was great to see some members just pop over to buy some tickets. One member of the public jut donated some money too. The atmosphere was great to be part of, and the spirit of everyone was high.
This continued throughout the day and evening whilst Jim took his fair share of ribbing and Adie with his six million dollar man impression.
Ticket sales continued on the Sunday and I calculate that we sold over £1400 worth of tickets, and along with the entrance fee to the match, we raised just under £2000 in this event. This is an amazing amount of money and it far exceeded my expectations.
As 3pm drew near and the end of the match, we made our way to the car park to set up the raffle draw and presentation.
I have to say that the raffle prizes donated this year was incredible, and I cannot thank those who donated the prizes enough. Among those who donated was a man who I failed to thank on the day, and for that I apologise. Ivan Cutting has supported me in these events every year, and he buys raffle prizes to donate to the match. He is such a humble man who still works every day, and spends his personal money on this event.
He also provided us with a awesome trophy for the ‘biggest carp’ caught in the match by a member of the PDAS. The trophy was named the Toby Johns cup in honour of Toby who was taken away from us so early in life late last year. Thank you Ivan.
We held a minutes silence for past members who have passed away, especially the recent ones such as Toby and Chris Paffett, and this was respected very well.
Just before the draw took place, Harvey arrived with his Dad Nick, and younger sister, and it was great to see him. Hopefully the 50% of the proceeds raised will make some difference to him with his treatment of cerebral palsy.
All in all, a great event where nearly £2000 was raised, and I envisage with the income from the remaining memorial matches, we will have raised around £4000 to the 2 charities.
This was sadly my last event but I will support any future matches the best I can, but I hope we can find someone to take on the challenge of 24hr match organiser.
I will finish by thanking everyone who has supported me over the last 6 years, and especially to those who have donated prizes and time to take part. Be proud that you have made a difference to those worse of than yourselves. Thank you.
List of people who donated prizes to the Raffle
Portsmouth & District Angling Society
RN & RM Club
Hylands of Bishops Waltham
Korda & Guru
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club
England Football Team (men and women)
Aspinals of London
FLE Fishery in Romsey
Simon and Andy Grantham
I can only apologise if I have missed anyone out as it was quite hectic. Please contact me if I have missed you so I can add you to the list.