22nd September 2015
Ben was a reservist with the Royal Engineers and suffered spinal injuries that resulted in him being paralysed from the waist down after a 360lb IED stuck his armoured vehicle in 2010 out in Afghanistan.
At the time of the incident Ben was halfway through a teaching degree and still aims to become a teacher and has successfuly completed various school placements since his injuries, he’s also a keen hand cyclist and has represented the British Forces at the Invictus Games and hopes to represent Team GB in the paralympics.
Tickets for the dinner night are still available from the website and are £40pp, www.carping4heroes.co.uk/shop
A huge thanks to Ben for agreeing to attend the evening and we can’t wait to welcome him into the Carping4Heroes fraternity.
15th July 2015
Champions Dinner Night 2015 announced
As with our previous dinner nights the evening will consist of a 3 course meal, entertainment including a band, special guests and as ever a raffle and auction.
Announcements on special guests will be made in due course and anyone who’s been to our dinner nights in the past will testify that they’re a fantastic evening of celebration and fund raising.
Tickets are available from the shop on the website and are priced at £45 per person, however if you purchase your ticket before the 1st October you will receive a £5 early bird discount, tickets are limited so we encourage anyone wanting to attend to purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointed.
13th July 2015
Changes to Beneficiaries
This has been something in the pipeline for sometime and we wanted the 2015 event to finish before making any sort of announcement.
Carping4Heroes is not owned by any sole charity and it was founded initially to raise funds for Help for Heroes, a fantastic charity that does change peoples lives and offers direct and practical support to wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel and veterans, however, the event now raises a lot of money and we feel that the funds should be dispersed between military charities and projects and therefore we will be raising monies as off today for the following:
1. Help for Heroes – We will still continue to donate funds to help for heroes as many participants of the event are members of their Band of Brothers group and as a charity are by far the most pro-active in their support.
2. Combat Stress – Mental health has been an issue that has become alot more prevalent within the media and society and the stigma of mental illness is slowly being removed, however, Combat Stress the military mental health charity is still little known yet probably has one of the most difficult tasks ahead with helping a generation of veterans who have been exposed to combat and trauma not seen in a very long time. It’s also a charity that is close to some participants and friends of the event following the passing of far too many good men and women from mental health problems.
3. Forces CARP – This is an angling project set up to primarily introduce veterans who are wounded, injured or sick and/or suffer from mental health problems such as PTSD to the sport of carp angling and to offer them a chance to become involved in something they may find beneficial and use for their own recovery. It’s the first project of it’s kind in the carp angling world and as a carp angling event we feel it needs our support as most of us know how fishing and carp angling in particular can help reduce stress and develop new friendships and camaraderie that many of these guys miss.
So there we have it, Carping4Heroes will now be charitable event supporting our wounded on 3 fronts and I hope most of you agree that by doing this our event will indeed make an impact on someone, somewhere and continue to help change and improve our veterans lives.
07th July 2015
2015 a huge success
We can announce that Carping4Heroes 2015 raised £10,074.55p, a huge thanks to everyone who’s donated, sponsored, supported and attended this years amazing event.
It’s without doubt very humbling to put together such an event and to see the support it gets, carp anglers aren’t a bad bunch after all and everyone who’s ever been involved in the event should be proud of what they’ve achieved for a fantastic cause.
17th June 2015
Carping4Heroes 2015 a huge success
Last weekend was the 5th Carping4Heroes event that was held at Manor Farm Lakes in Bedfordshire and it was our biggest event to date with over 80 anglers taking part and an early estimate of £10,000 being raised during the weekend which is also our biggest total to date.
The Friday night social lived up to its legendary status with many of those in attendance not making it to their beds until the very early hours which made the draw on Saturday at 9am very interesting, however we were honoured to have up and coming singer/songwriter Robyn Regan perform for us before she shot off to Manchester to support Union J at Old Trafford and then we were treated to a superb set from MH Acoustic duo of Mandy and Matt who got the party well and truly up and running after our auction which raised a staggering £2,497.
The match element of the event also proved excellent with both lakes producing some good catches and by the time the guys had to reel in for the Q&A session at 4pm only 7lb separated five pairs.
This year we were joined by Adam Penning, Joe Turnbull and Ian Russell who delivered a fantastic Q&A session that was as funny as it was informative and all three stayed behind for a short time to chat with the lads and lasses and help out with the ever epic raffle draw.
The match then continued until 11am on the Sunday and it was a very close fought competition with the final standings reading:
BIGGEST FISH (Sponsored by Atomic Tackle) – Antony Watson 24lb 15oz
WINNING PAIR (Sponsored by Nash Tackle) – Antony Watson/Ashley McEvoy 108lb 08oz
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL WINNER (Sponsored by Carpworld) – Stu Lennox 67lb 07oz
WINNING TEAM (Sponsored by Carp-Talk) – R.A.F Carp Team 60 points with a combined weight of 222lb 00oz
A huge thanks must go out to everyone who has supported the event either by donating prizes, sponsoring trophies, giving up their time or spending their hard earned cash on raffle and auction prizes because without the support the event wouldn’t be anything, in addition we thank Bait-Tech, Castaway PVA, Carp Particles and Andy’s Snacks for attending the event and exhibiting their products.
A special mention must go to Kevin Hudson who won the most sponsorship award and a weeks all inclusive fishing at Crete Lakes with a total sponsorship of £737 which is a phenomenal effort.
Simon Bangert, organizer of Carping4Heroes said “This year’s event has been truly overwhelming, not only has it been our biggest but we’ve also raised more than any previous event, I’m also humbled by the support the guys showed Darren Martin a previous participant who passed away in May and a collection we held for his 3 young children raised £168”
Next up for Carping4Heroes is our Champions Dinner Night which will be announced in due course.
6th June 2015
2014 BCAC champs offer 24hrs tuition
24hrs tuition with BCAC 2014 champions, Chris Holmes and Neil Rivers covering carp style match tactics and big hit fishing with bait and day ticket included.
This is a fantastic prize with two of carp angling’s top match experts and characters and with the backing of DNA Baits the individual lucky enough to be the highest bidder will certainly learn a trick or two.
Chris is also a previous winner of our pairs trophy so we like to think we gave him the platform to become a BCAC champ.
All joking aside we are massively grateful to both Chris and Neil for agreeing to give up their time and also to DNA Baits for getting the prize confirmed and for their continued support towards Carping4Heroes.
2nd June 2015
Trade stands announced
With the event a little over a week away we can now make our final big announcement.
As well as the amazing live music for the social, the auction and raffle prizes and carp angling stars that will be doing our Q&A session we can now formally confirm that the following trade stands will be in attendance next weekend to make what is already looking like another great weekend an epic one.
In no particular order there will be:
We may be able to announce another couple of stands in the next day or so.
A huge thanks to the above companies for agreeing to come along and we hope that many of you come down and support the event and also come and see some top products close up.
The stands will be present at the event on Saturday 13th June from 11am until 5.30pm so please do come down and support our troops, the stands and the live entertainment.
It’s free (but you must buy some raffle tickets)
2nd June 2015
Robyn Regan to perform at Carping4Heroes 2015
We are hugely proud to announce that up and coming artist who was 8th on iTunes charts of singer/songwriters of 2014, Robyn Regan, will be performing at this years Carping4Heroes.
Robyn who hails from East London has a fanatical following online and is signed to independent record label Shiplap Records and is destined for big things in 2015.
She released a track on iTunes a couple of years ago called ‘Home’ and proceeds from sales of the track go to Help for Heroes and is still available to buy so go and buy it….NOW!!!
She will be performing at around 7pm on Friday 12th June so make sure you’re there if you enjoy live music as this isn’t too be missed.
For more details on Robyn you can visit her record label page at: www.shiplaprecords.com/robyn-regan
Her YouTube page is: www.youtube.com/SuperRobster15
You can also follow Robyn on twitter on @robynlouregan
or you can visit her facebok page at: www.facebook.com/RobynReganOfficialfanclub
We thank Robyn for agreeing to come along to the event and perform for us and I hope many of you come along to our social and support this fantastic talent who supports our troops.
01st June 2015
Lac Lucie Trip is a Winner
Having spoken to Pete on his return he said it was a productive one on a complex that is fantastically ran by the owners Paul and Sue and is a fishery that is as close to paradise as possible for the carp angler.
Pete also took his family with him and said the facilities and the Lodge were great and the surrounding area was full of things to do if you wanted to take the missus and kids along.
With the family in tow this did restrict Pete’s angling time, but he did manage to winkle a few out and can’t wait to get back out later in the year with Forces CARP and give the place a really good go to catch some of it’s bigger residents.
From a Carping4Heroes perspective it’s great to hear from our raffle and auction winners on their adventures and we also appreciate the fantastic support of those companies and individuals that go out of their way to donate some amazing prizes, like Paul and Sue of www.carpfrance.com.
22nd May 2015
MH Acoustic Duo announced as first act at C4H 2015
Last year we introduced a musical element to the event and we were royally entertained by Spicer Acoustic, this went down really well with everyone that came along and this year we are continuing our musical entertainment and have confirmed 2 acts that will entertain us all on Friday 12th June.
Our first act that we can announce who will be entertaining you crazy lot is MH Acoustic Duo.
The MH Acoustic Duo of vocalist Mandy Hicks and guitarist Matt Hanson hail from Stevenage and have a soul/jazz vibe about their music covering old classics and modern hits and will deliver a 90 minute set at this years social gathering on Friday 12th June.
We can’t wait to catch up with them and we hope to see many of you there and enjoying a good nights entertainment whilst we raise money for a good cause, check out the YouTube video of the duo in action.
(Don’t forget we have a bivvy city in operation so please come along, enjoy the evening and stay over without the hassle of finding digs or having to drive home late)