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Charity lands a fishy donation

fishy donationA FISHING therapy charity, which helps women cope with breast cancer, has landed a donation.

Casting for Recovery has been handed a £200 cheque from money raised at this summer’s Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival. The cheque was handed over to charity member Nica Prichard by Councillor David Pugh, Cabinet Member for Economy and Tourism, at County Hall this week.

Nica, from Newport, is a former Welsh international fly fisher and long time volunteer for the charity.

“We’re very grateful for the money. Apart from the support we get from the Countryside Alliance, we are dependent on donations,” she said.

“We hope to make people aware that life doesn’t stop if you have breast cancer.”

First set up in 1996, Casting for Recovery provides opportunity for women, whose lives have been profoundly affected by breast cancer, to gather on three – day retreats in a natural setting to learn the sport of fly fishing. As well as learning to cast and simply unwind in the countryside women are also offered advice, support and education. Six retreats are held around UK and Ireland every year with 14 women attending each course.

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“Most of the women who attend have never touched a rod in their lives before and what’s exciting is the number, who take up the sport afterwards,” said Nica.

Councillor David Pugh said he was delighted Fish Week could help such an inspirational cause.

For more information about charity please visit www.castingforrecovery.org.uk