ANGLERS across the UK have joined together to help the people of war-torn Ukraine, with tackle shops, manufacturers, fisheries and angling bodies raising funds and gathering emergency donations.
The world was rocked when reports of the brutal attacks on civilians by Russian forces first surfaced a month ago, and since then there’s been an amazing response from the fishing community.
Last week we reported how tackle firm Outlaw Pro donated its entire takings from The Big One show in Farnborough to the cause, and at the same event The Angling Trust launched the ‘Anglers for Ukraine’ fund, through which they’re aiming to raise £100,000 for the British Red Cross Society’s Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal.
Martin Salter, from the Trust, said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer a direct route for the angling community to play its part in helping to raise funds for medical supplies, food and shelter for the innocent civilians.”
A number of tackle shops have also got involved, among them Stratford-on-Avon Fishing and Outdoors. Owner Martyn Edwards is an official distributor of UK tackle brands in Ukraine and his shop is now a drop-off point for emergency donations.
“I’m trying to use my skills and knowledge to help the citizens of Ukraine who are facing the unthinkable situation unfolding in front of us,” he says. “If you’re interested in donating emergency goods, you can find the information on our Facebook page.”
Fisheries have been doing their bit too, with many gathering essential items and others running fundraising activities. Hereford’s Docklow Pools is offering visitors a free tea or coffee at The Fisherman’s Arms café every Thursday until the end of summer, and asking them to donate the money to the Red Cross’ Ukrainian appeal.
Fishery owner Jonathan Bozward said: “Innocent people, families and children are caught up in a war zone. We want to do our bit to support, where we can.”
How to get involved:
To donate to Anglers for Ukraine, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anglersforukraine