Fighting Cancer by Fishing!

Top names and companies flock to support fundraising initiative

Fighting Cancer by Fishing!

by Angling Times |

MANY of angling’s biggest names have given their backing to a campaign which uses fishing to raise money to fight one of the world’s most prevalent diseases.

The A Bite Out of Cancer charity was set up in 2017 and has raised just under £20,000 for Cancer Research UK (CRUK). In recent months, however, the cause has gathered real momentum by drawing the support of a host of legendary anglers, including Chris Yates, Hugh Miles and Frank Warwick.

The A Bite Out of Cancer charity was set up in 2017 and has raised just under £20,000 for Cancer Research UK (CRUK)
The A Bite Out of Cancer charity was set up in 2017 and has raised just under £20,000 for Cancer Research UK (CRUK)

The charity works by encouraging anglers to send in a photo of their catch, then donate the cash equivalent of the weight of the fish. The catch shots are permanently displayed on the website, the CRUK page and social media platforms.

This year the charity’s coffers will be boosted by a series of events, including a memorial match and raffle at Tardebigge Anglers Reservoir in Worcestershire, a social event at Suffolk Water Park, and The Big Talk in Doncaster which will be attended by top carp anglers, including Alan Blair, Ian Chillcott and others.

The charity has also now teamed up with bait manufacturer Bait Monkey to produce the Charity Mix – a special boilie from which profits will go to Cancer Research UK.

The charity has also now teamed up with bait manufacturer Bait Monkey to produce the Charity Mix
The charity has also now teamed up with bait manufacturer Bait Monkey to produce the Charity Mix

A Bite Out of Cancer Founder Mike Smith said: “When the pandemic hit, we knew donations would slump as people couldn’t go fishing. Fortunately, this gave us time to work a lot harder on the charity and turn some ideas into reality. The support we’ve received has been truly mind blowing.”

What the stars said...

Hugh Miles, award-winning cameraman:

“A Bite Out of Cancer is an excellent idea, and that’s why my friend Chris Yates and I support it in any way we can. It’s the ultimate cause.”

"A Bite Out of Cancer is an excellent idea"
"A Bite Out of Cancer is an excellent idea"

Frank Warwick, carp angler:

“I guess we all have family or people we know who have been touched by cancer, so when I was asked for help, I didn’t hesitate to sign up!”

"I didn’t hesitate to sign up!”
"I didn’t hesitate to sign up!”

Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO:

“Cancer reaches into so many of our lives – this is a positive means to make a small but significant difference, one fish at a time.”

"This is a positive means to make a small but significant difference, one fish at a time"
"This is a positive means to make a small but significant difference, one fish at a time"

Martin Bowler, Angling Times columnist:

“A decade ago, when my wife was seriously ill with the disease, I witnessed first-hand how terrible it is. Fortunately, she recovered, and I hope one day everyone will.”

"I hope one day everyone will recover from this disease"
"I hope one day everyone will recover from this disease"

To learn more or donate visit: www.fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/abiteoutofcancer

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