The Yorkshire Anglers are hosting a charity fishing match here in Doncaster

A group of passionate fishermen have organised a charity fishing match to raise money and to get more people interested in the sport.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 6:14 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 6:17 pm

Amidst the uncertainty and strain the pandemic has put on the local villages, five men have set out on a mission to bring fishing back to the community.

Connor Sheldon (Norton) Kyle Handley (Campsall) Nigel Kennedy (Norton) and creators James Tiffany McCluskie (Bentley) and Curtis Johnson (Norton) have been fishing in the local areas and creating videos in the process.

Curtis said: “The past year has been a tough one, we originally created the Yorkshire Anglers a few years ago just to show off the fish we had caught.

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Curtis Johnson holding a fish he caught.
Curtis Johnson holding a fish he caught.

"Now we feel it holds a better purpose, with all the uncertainties and the announcements Boris Johnson allowed fishing to continue and we wanted to bring a bit of fun and normality for the people who couldn’t get out, so we decided to create a YouTube channel – The Yorkshire Anglers, to bring a few childhood memories flooding back in for people who haven’t fished for years, maybe even take up the sport for the first time.

"The aim this year is to promote mental health awareness and to show the next generation that fishing is something you can do on a small budget with your friends and still have fun in the process.”

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The Yorkshire anglers have organised a charity fishing match to raise funds for two charities - Young Minds supporting children and young adults up to the age of 25 and Phoenix Heroes, supporting returning veterans struggling with PTSD by getting them out on the bank and showing them just how great the sport can be.

The Yorkshire Anglers are hosting a charity fishing match.

With the backing of large local business ‘Polypipe’ who have generously donated to both charities and local tackle shop ‘fishing tackle and bait shop’ joined by ‘Valeo snack foods’ who have supplied the winner’s prizes we hope to raise as much as we can for these great causes that are close to the anglers hearts.

The match will take place on local Doncaster venue ‘Kathleen’s carp lake’ who have donated the use of their venue on June 26, with all funds raised going to both charities.

There are currently two links set up for both charities which can be found on The Yorkshire angler’s Facebook page allowing anyone at home to donate.

The entire event will be filmed and uploaded to YouTube for anyone who cannot make it due to health or time restraints.

Curtis said: “The Yorkshire anglers would like to thank everyone taking part and everyone who has generously donated and helped to organise the event this far.

"Without the backing and support from our local community and businesses none of this could be a reality, it has been a tough year for many and the generosity of a few can go a long way, we are very grateful for everyone taking part and volunteering to help on the day, upon its success we hope to make this an annual event.”

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