Charity event proves a big catch for fundraising

One of the greatests anglers of all time, John Wilson MBE, is heading up a celebrity-packed angling tournament this summer to help raise funds for The Sick Children’s Trust.

Dominic Morgan has organised ‘The Big Fish’ event, which will be held at Suffolk Water Park in Ipswich on July 31, to raise funds for the charity that helped his family through one of the worse times of his life.

His daughter, Jodi, died last month after an 18-month battle against aplastic anaemia, a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells.  The Sick Children’s Trust’s provided accommodation for the family at its Acorn House in Cambridge, during the final weeks of Jodi’s life.

John Wilson MBE said: “I’m delighted to be involved in this event as it is for such a wonderful cause and as a real family man myself, what Dominic’s has been through really struck a chord with me.  I’m urging novice and professional anglers alike to come down on the day and partake in what I’m sure will be a great day out for all the family.”

There are two main competitions running on the day. The Specimen Tournament (which is now fully subscribed) and includes huge names from the carp fishing world including Dave Lane, Adam Penning, Damian Clarke and Team Nash and The Match Fishing Tournament  which still has 25 places available, here you can expect to fish alongside such names as John Wilson, Wendy Lythgoe, Peter Clapperton and a host of other highly regarded names. The prize pools for both competitions now exceed £1000 each.

Dominic said: “We are so grateful for the support The Sick Children’s Trust has given us that we wanted to give something back.  It’s been a lot of hard work pulling this together but I am really looking forward to the day- my target is to raise £3000 for this event, and then, hopefully, we can see if we can double that next year!  It will be a lot of fun for everyone involved, and when else would anglers get the opportunity to pitch their skills against a great like John Wilson?”

Lydia Solomon, community fundraiser for The Sick Children’s Trust added: “We are thankful for Dominic for putting on such a wonderfully unique event and I’m sure it’ll be a great success and raise lots of much needed funds for our charity.  We encourage anyone in the area to sign up and try their luck!”

The event is being held in association with