Fishing fundraiser makes thousands for Pride of Isle charity

Neil Grantham and Matt Pillay
Neil Grantham and Matt Pillay

A fishing match staged in aid of an Isle charity netted a great sum to help local causes.

Almost £6,000 was raised by the Lindholme Lakes Country Park fishing match, to support the Pride of the Isle charity in its work reaching out to youngsters and families who need help.

Lindholme Lakes’ owner Neil Grantham held The Lex’s Legacy Big Bash, with a raffle and auction, which may become an annual fixture.

Match winner was Matt Pillay. A total 68 anglers turned out for the event, some of whom travelled from as far as Dorset.

Donations were made from as far as New Zealand, and local shops and businesses contributed generously to the associated raffle and auction.

Big Bash AC Leo Martin said: “Hopefully all who fished enjoyed their day. We will try to order some sunshine for events in the future.”

Pride of the Isle chair Leesa Sharpe sold raffle tickets on the day.

She said: “It was totally amazing, the support the fishermen gave us.

“We all had a fabulous day and thank everyone involved from the bottom of our hearts for raising such a staggering amount.”

Plans are moving on for the next Pride of the Isle Awards evening, with Jake Quickenden, The Torn and Gracie Bower,as entertainment.