Due to the generosity of the Freemasons of the Province of West Lancashire, the north west branch of the Masonic Fishing Charity has been able to purchase a trailer for transporting equipment to and from their venues. This trailer was funded via a grant from the WLFC, with the funding for the sign writing, marquee and all other equipment being met through individual lodge and chapter donations, as well as the proceeds from raffles.
The trailer has now been professionally ‘wrapped’ and will be used to carry all the apparatus that is required to host a fishing event. These events are not set up as fishing matches, so the number of fish caught is not important, but what is important is that these events help people with special needs or who have suffered trauma to gain confidence, meet new challenges and to participate in something that may otherwise be unavailable to them.
The Masonic Fishing Charity is a registered charity and a Masonic initiative, funded by voluntary donations from Freemasons. The charity has already hosted a number of events over the last two years and have been able to welcome young adults with special needs, as well as members of the Help for Heroes Band of Brothers and Sisters team. ‘Catching a smile’ is central to the ethos of the charity and from the feedback the charity has received, the participants have definitely come away with broad smiles, having thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The intention is to use the trailer for the first fishing event of the year at Whitmore Fisheries, Greenalgh, Preston on 16 May. The trailer will also be on view at the ‘Raven Winder Walk’ on 3 June, which starts from Heysham Village at 1:00pm.
Should anyone wish to know more about this great charity and the work they do, please do not hesitate in contacting:
Secretary; Bob Malcolm – firstname.lastname@example.org
West Lancs Coordinator and Treasurer; Dan Mitchell – email@example.com
Fundraising Officer; Richard Dennison – firstname.lastname@example.org
Article written by Paul Thompson.
Photograph courtesy of Richard Dennison.