Catch for Kids is holding its third annual charity fishing match in order to raise money and give ill and bereaved children a reason to smile over Christmas.

Fishing for donations to help our members smile

Held at Aston Park Fisheries in Sheffield on Sunday 15th December, Catch for Kids will again be raising money for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity (TCHC) with the addition of Scotty’s Little Soldiers for this year. The event is supported by local businesses, including Sheffield based SSB Law which sponsors the event and Aston Park Fisheries who host and help to organise the day.

The group’s aim is to raise more than the £1287 raised last year, through raffles, coaching days with expert anglers and the match itself. 

Organiser Gary Brinsdon from Elsecar in Barnsley started Catch for Kids after a close friend’s daughter was taken seriously ill and spent time in Sheffield Children’s Hospital over the festive period. Gary decided to raise money to fund extra toys onwards in time for Christmas.

Gary said; “While lots of people are out celebrating this time of year, it is easy to forget those who might not be so lucky. Whether they are ill in hospital or spending the festive period without a loved one, we feel it’s important to remember them and try to help in our own way.

The previous two matches have been a great success with a really good turn out and lots of money raised and this year we are hoping it will be even better.”

As the event team has grown, there are now three ex Armed Forces members who have decided to help a second charity which is close to their hearts. Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers has supported over 400 bereaved British military children and young people across the country this year alone, including a number in South Yorkshire. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. 

The charity supports families in a number of ways, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants, and Scotty’s helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the country come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.

Nikki commented; “We’re enormously grateful to Gary and the others for selecting us as the charity to support in December’s match and, on behalf of the whole charity, I’d like to say thank you. The match is such a good idea and the fact that it’s now in its third year shows how well organised and enjoyable it is. We hope anglers will turn out on the day to support and raise money for our members and we look forward to seeing photographs.”

Army veteran, Andy Wooten, suggested Scotty’s Little Soldiers as the charity helps the children of friends who have sadly passed away. “Scotty’s does such amazing work with these kids; it was an obvious choice when we were selecting a second charity to support with Catch for Kids.

“I lost my sister when she was serving in the Army and wish there had been something like Scotty’s to support my nephew. I also lost a very close friend who left children behind and at the time there was just no help out there for his kids,” said Andy.

Donations can be made through the group’s PayPal account – catchforkidscharitymatch@gmail.com, and for more information on Catch for Kids or to register your place, head to their Facebook page; @Catch for Kids Charity Match.

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