Fishing marathon for charity raises £1,285

Luke Burch and Team Primal doing a charity 48 hours fishing match at Woodland Waters. From left - (front) Peter Lawler the Woodland Waters Bailiff who presented the money to organisers Luke Burch and Thomas Porter. EMN-150330-163350001
Luke Burch and Team Primal doing a charity 48 hours fishing match at Woodland Waters. From left - (front) Peter Lawler the Woodland Waters Bailiff who presented the money to organisers Luke Burch and Thomas Porter. EMN-150330-163350001

A non-stop two-day charity fishing match has raised £1,285 for a good cause.

Luke Burch, of Ruskington, and friends from his fishing syndicate, Team Primal, held a sponsored 48-hour charity fishing match at Woodland Waters in Ancaster starting on March 20.

Luke Burch gets a ducking at the end of teh 48 hour fishing match at Woodland Waters, Ancaster. EMN-150330-163228001

Luke Burch gets a ducking at the end of teh 48 hour fishing match at Woodland Waters, Ancaster. EMN-150330-163228001

Fishing for carp, the anglers aimed to raise money to help a local family and their two-year-old girl Alana who was diagnosed with leukaemia in December.

Luke said: “A friend of mine, Tommy Porter, from Grantham, contacted me asking if we could help organise an event in aid of the family.”

Ben and Vicky Dellaway, of Grantham, will use the money to help with the cost of ongoing trips to hospital while he takes time off work and maybe a treat to cheer up little Alana.

Anglers could fish for 24 or 48 hours with entry fees going to the cause. The owners of the lake made a donation too. There was a cake stall and fishing tackle companies donated raffle prizes. Luke said a particular thank you to sponsors Fantackletastic who even came along and served bacon sandwiches.

Luke said: “We did really well and had a good turn out. Ben came along to support us buy Alana was in hospital

Winner of the 48-hour match was Steve Williamson of Sleaford who caught a total of 35lb 4oz in fish. Luke won the 24-hour prize with a weight of 13lb 8oz, for which he got a celebratory ducking in the lake from team mates.