Freemasons to set up fishing charity for children

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 August 2017

Rob Collins teaching Jack how to fly fish.

Rob Collins teaching Jack how to fly fish.

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A new charity is being set up across North Somerset to encourage disabled and disadvantaged children to take part in fishing.

Rob Collins teaching Jack how to fly fish.Rob Collins teaching Jack how to fly fish.

Rob Collins will be running coarse and fly fishing events for children on behalf of The Masonic Fishing Charity.

The initiative, which is funded by the Freemasons, helps children to learn new skills, improve their self confidence and enjoy a new hobby.

The scheme is already being run in other parts of the country and it is now being set up across North Somerset and Somerset.

Rob, who owns outdoor events company Really Wild Adventures and runs Pass It On Young Sports taster days, is now looking for volunteers and donations to get the scheme off the ground.

He said: “It’s going to take about a year to get it going as we need to fundraise and find volunteers and venues. We are now looking for donations and volunteer instructors.

“We will be going into special needs schools and support groups to let them know what we’re doing.

“When you’ve got a child who’s struggling or going down the wrong path – if you find something they enjoy you can really inspire them and give them a new purpose.”

Rob already runs taster days in North Somerset so families can enjoy countryside sports together including archery, fishing, bushcraft and air rifle shooting.

The Pass It On Young Sports events are usually held at Jacklands Fishing Lakes in Tickenham, where some of the charity’s new fishing days will be held.

A charity spokesman said: “It enables mentally disabled people to gain in confidence, meet new challenges and achieve tangible results to take away.

“It helps disadvantaged people to renew their confidence in meeting people and interacting with adults from outside their spheres and it helps physically disabled people to participate and experience something that may otherwise be unavailable to them.”

Any businesses or individuals interested in donating to the cause, can contact Rob at rob.collins2812@gmail.com or call 07901 251119.

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