Nearly 70 disadvantaged children have day out thanks to West Kent Masons
During 2017 five fishing events for disabled children were held by the West Kent Masonic Fishing Charity involving nearly 70 attendees. The aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs. It achieves this by running fishing events, both coarse and fly, at various fisheries and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and people who have suffered trauma to come and join in.
This year across the UK over 120 events have been held and over 700 events since it started in 2000 with about 10 to 15 attendees per event. Each event is funded and organised by a branch of the charity. The events are run by volunteers and the children, schools and attending adults come free, are given a few hours fishing with an angler, then lunch, certificates and medals.
This is far more than just a day’s fishing though! It enables mentally disabled people to gain in confidence, meet new challenges and achieve tangible results to take away; it helps disadvantaged people and those from harsh backgrounds to renew their confidence in meeting people and interacting with adults from outside their spheres; it helps physically disabled people to participate and experience something that may otherwise be unavailable to them and it enables our volunteers to give back to the community and have some fun along the way.
The feedback from one of our events has been really positive. One of our attendees who had been completely non-verbal prior to the fishing trip actually spoke on the day which was a great achievement.
If anyone is interested in joining or becoming an angler please contact
Some kids gone for seconds
All get a certificate and some medals
Chef hard at work with new kit