Meeting Fishing for Disabled Kids for the first time
We’ve been in touch with the guys from Fishing for Disabled Kids (FFDK) for some time so I was delighted when they invited me to meet them and join them on a recent fishing trip. They had kindly been offered the use of the lake at Angling Projects in Wraysbury which is not far from Finygo HQ so, armed with some goodies and caps for the kids, I set off to meet them.
The aim of FFDK is to get children with disabilities out fishing with friends and family, demonstrating that a disability doesn’t have to stop you enjoying life. The group run several events throughout the year allowing the kids to meet up with their buddies and with a bit of luck catch some fish!
Big fish equals big grins
I was greeted by Stewart at the gates, and once I had parked and made it to the lake, I was introduced to everybody. After a bit of a catch up we got down to the most important thing… CATCHES!! Experienced angler Stewart had caught an 18 lb carp the previous night however one of the kids – Eithan Baker – had landed a cracking 27 lb mirror carp, smashing his previous best of 19.5 lb! Amazing work and what an achievement, he still had the biggest grin on his face!
The Angling Projects centre is situated on the banks of a well-stocked and landscaped 3 acre lake with 16 platformed fishing areas plus 6 additional fishing areas designed for disabled anglers. They can accommodate between 8 and 22 children at one time, on this particular FFDK trip there were nine children fishing with several adults and carers to support them. Angling projects aim is to get more children interested in fishing and conservation, very generously showing them the art of angling at no cost to the charities or groups that attend.
Dawn from FFDK oversaw the smooth running of the trip and made sure everyone was fed and watered during the trip. She gave me the grand tour of the centre including the area where the girls were having a make up party between fishing – you have to look good for that carpy catch shot after all…
FFDK run several events throughout the year. They will be back at Wraysbury in August so we are looking forward to lending a hand with the kids fishing and giving Dawn a helping hand in the kitchen.
There is no charge to the children that attend the events but Fishing for Disabled Kids rely on solely on donations to pay for food, baits and other essentials for the trips. If you would like to support this project then you can now donate via their newly created Just Giving page. Further information about this amazing project can be found on the FFDK Facebook page.
Angling Projects is bookable by youth groups, youth schemes and school groups for more info visit their Facebook page.