South West Fishing for Life celebrates six years

Somerset County Gazette: SOUTH West Fishing for Life members with their family and friends. SOUTH West Fishing for Life members with their family and friends.

A GROUP of volunteers who help to transform the lives of people with breast cancer celebrated their six-year anniversary on Sunday.

South West Fishing for Life was set up by Gillian Payne and Sally Pizzi who both suffered from the disease.

As well as celebrating the success of the volunteers at Wimbleball Lake, where the fly fishing sessions are held each month, Jacqui Edwards, trustee of South West Lakes Trust, made a speech and presented a trophy dish.

The dish is awarded to the person who has not only been a successful angler, but who reflects the ethos of the organisation.

This year’s recipient was Elizabeth Cozens.

Jacqui said she was pleased to have seen the organisation grow over the past six years, with clubs now across the country.

She added that the SW Lakes Trust was proud to be associated with the charity and would always be pleased to help.

About 30 members, mostly women, attend the group.

Not only does it give them a chance spend time with other people in a similar situation, the fishing acts as a therapy and respite for those suffering or recovering from breast cancer.

Gillian Payne said: “It was a really lovely day and great to have so many people with us. “

Lady Gass, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, who presented us with our Queen’s Award for voluntary services last year, also came along.

“Thank you to all the volunteers, we wouldn’t have made it this far without them.”

PHOTOS: Somerset Photo News.

 

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