On the 29th of August this year we will be hosting a fundraising match at our Lambourne fishery in aid of the England Disabled Match Team ,this was the brainchild of Michael Noakes who has been busy organising the event including arranging for John Weeden to fish the match. All the match proceeds after prizes have been paid out will be donated to assist the team in fishing the next world championships.
Their Team Manager John Weeden is a local angler to the POAS Angling Club and has been fundraising for the last 4 years as the team get no monetary help and have to pay out of their own pockets, after hearing about the boys scraping around to find the funds to get through the channel tunnel
we wanted to do all we could to help out.
Normally for such an event we would have a fundraising marque to run alongside the Match but due to COVID we have strict limits on numbers at our lake's so we came up with the idea for a GoFundMe page to enable you to donate in a safe way, anything you donate however small will make a difference.
You can donate at our GoFundMe Page Here.
The team is made up with a mixture of anglers with disabilities, starting with Mark Eves, mark is a dwarf and is held together by loads of nuts and bolts , he’s the most experienced of all the lads and has been a mainstay of the squad since the first disabled world championships then we have Alan Chadbone, Alan only has the use of one arm and to watch him fish is amazing, Alan has been in the team for about 10 years, then there’s big Mark Russell, mark was in the Scots guard’s and served his country in Ireland and abroad , Mark has a terrible injury to his back and has been out of the army with his disability for a few years now and has been in the team around 8 years , then we have Roy wells who also has a terrible injury to his legs hips and back , Roy has been in the team for about 5 years , last but not least is Stephan Gent , Steff had a very bad accident at work and his arm was mangled in machinery, Steff has like mark been in the team since the start but has missed a few championships as he couldn’t afford to go , over the years we have had to pay our own way to fish the championships and it was costing between £1000 and £1200 for each member out of there own pockets , for the last 4 years I’ve been raising money along with lots of help from the fishing community and thankfully we have raised just enough each year to compete, we get no help from the Angling Trust and even have to pay our entry fee and team clothing costs , there are a few people on the outskirts of the team hoping to break through and we take one or two of them along for the experience of the championships, also we have helpers and drivers in the squad and without them we wouldn’t be able to compete , Tony Troth and Colin Wedgebrow drive the tackle over to the venues and we have to find enough money for tolls the euro tunnel, fuel and overnight stays , we have big Ricky Martinelli, Alex Clemence, Damien Curtis and the main man himself sir Dick Clegg as helpers who work harder than anybody all week, any money we can raise is so very much appreciated by the whole squad, John Weeden team manager
Well after everyone’s efforts over the last couple of months today was the day when we POAS welcomed England 🏴 Disabled Team Manager John Weeden and Squad member Mark Eves along with Junior angler Louis Morris to fish the charity match to support the team in competing at the highest level.
Special thanks go to the following people because without them, this event couldn’t have been done on my own:
Andy Haynes match secretary for all his hard work assisting me with pegging, draw, weigh in.
Paul Baker for rinsing every penny out of everyone for the raffle
Richard Bultitude for ensuring hardly anything was left of the buffet 😂😂
Kevin Groves for coming to the lake to ensure everyone was parked early.
Antony Atkins for strimming the section pegs in readiness for today’s match.
Jim Jobling for being breakfast chef, and who stayed behind to make sure everything was tidied after the match
Peter Wright for his donation of all the eggs/bacon for breakfast for everyone
Graham Saunders for his personal donation
Kevin Groves for his personal donation
Alan Shove for his personal donation
Paul Saunders for his personal donation
The whole POAS match anglers for their donation from the golden peg fund
My dad for funding the after match buffet and my sister for making it all and Jay for ferrying it to the lake
Paul Saunders for arranging the GoFund me page and to all those that donated that way.
Angling Direct & Peter Marshall (Petes Tackle) for donating decent raffle prizes
Every single section winner today who put every penny of their section winnings back to the England 🏴 Team
Finally, a huge thank you to all of the POAS committee and it’s members for allowing this match to take place, so very much appreciated.
With all of the above I am proud as I am sure you all are that the POAS raised and presented John as team a manager a cracking £1,712
Well done all
And thanks again........Noaksey