Angling match lands thousands for charity

Carol Bunning presents the Chris Markillie Memorial Cup to winner Ron Clark
Carol Bunning presents the Chris Markillie Memorial Cup to winner Ron Clark
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ORGANISERS of an annual charity fishing match have been completely overwhelmed by the support given this year.

Mark Bodger, one of the organisers of the match which is in its 25th year, said this year’s event in memory of fisherman Chris Markillie attracted 34 anglers - the most they have ever had.

Chris died on July 9 1986 when his fishing rod hit an overhead power cable. His wife Debbie was six months pregnant at the time.

Mark is a long-time friend of Chris’s and launched the memorial match in his pal’s memory to raise money for charity.

This year, because it was the 25th anniversary, eight anglers also volunteered to pose for a ‘Calendar Girls’ style calendar to boost fundraising.

The photo shoot was held at Willowcroft Fisheries in Seadyke, Murrow, which also hosted Sunday’s fishing match.

Sales of the calendar together with money from the fishing match meant that so far £2,161 has been raised for charity.

This year the money is being split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre at Huntingdon.

The centre was chosen because Mark’s wife Bridget suffers from the debilitating illness and has benefited greatly from treatment there.

Mark said: “We are overwhelmed with the help we have received this year and are really pleased with the amount raised.

“The fishing match, raffle ticket sales and calendar sales made this possible. There are too many people to mention individually but they know who they are.

“None of it would have been possible without the continued support of Willowcroft Fishery owner Bob Foreman, and a special personal thank-you to our photographer Mark Dando and his wife Jayne for compiling the calendars.”