What is Carping4Heroes?
Carping4Heroes is an event that uses carp fishing as a means to fundraise for the charity Help for Heroes, it was initially put together by ex soldier and keen carp angler Simon Bangert who had a vision to use the sport he loves to raise money for a charity which support our wounded soldiers, some of whom he has served with. Help for Heroes also support the rehabilitation centres such as Headley Court where Simon spent time himself trying to recover from a back problem before his medical discharge. He felt that carp fishing was an ideal sport to use to give something back and in early 2011 Carping4Heroes was born and on May 14th-15th 2011 the first Carping4Heroes event took place and raised an outstanding amount of £1842.70p.
The inaugural event was supported well with donations from the tackle trade (look at our sponsors page) and was also attended by personalities such as Julian Cundiff, Brian Skoyles and Mark Pitchers. It was covered well in local media and also the angling media with articles published in Carpworld, Carp-Talk and Crafty Carper, although the highlight of media coverage was a radio interview by Keith Arthur on his TalkSPORT show Angling Blues, which goes to show how accessible the sport is and how well carp fishing can support such events.
Here is a letter sent from there event coordinator.
30th May 2012
I would like to start by thanking you and your company in supporting Carping4Heroes 2012, without which we wouldn’t of been able to achieve the outstanding total that we raised of £5,369, the weekend was a huge success and all that attended and took part really embraced the spirit of the event and showed what angling can do when it comes together for a superb cause.
The match itself was fished in difficult conditions as the fish started to spawn on the morning of the draw, however both teams persisted and a few fish were landed with the civilian team running out eventual winners with an overall weight of 50lb 3oz, the winning pair was Jason Trought and Aron Roberts of the civilian team with a weight of 39lb 14oz and Jason also won overall individual winner with a weight of 29lb 13oz and biggest fish with a common carp of 21lb 8oz, although the Army team were runners up they played their part in a memorable weekend and I’m sure they will seek revenge next year.
Next year’s event is already being planned and I look forward to having your continued support, once again thank you and tightlines.
And now a few pictures from the event itself:
The Army Team:
The Civvy Team:
Both Teams and Marshalls:
The Winning Pair: