10th February 2016
Carping4Heroes at the 2016 Northern Angling Show
Well it’s only 10 days away and yet again we will be exhibiting at the Northern Angling Show that’s being held at Event City in Manchester over the weekend of the 20th-21st February and what a cracking line up the lads who organise the show have in store for the angling loving public this year.
For the first time in a very long time, Matt Hayes and Mick ‘the Duke’ Brown will be together on the main stage taking questions from Carp Team England’s manager Rob Hughes and other huge stars such as Ali Hamidi and Dean Macey from the Big Fish Off TV show plus Simon Crow, Mark Holmes, Jamie Clossick and Mark Watson and a host of others will also take to the stage to keep you entertained over both days, and if that wasn’t mouth watering enough, there is a huge list of exhibitors as well so you can see all the newest and latest bits of kit and gadgets from all the industry’s main manufacturers such as Korda, Nash Tackle, Trakker, Avid, JRC, Greys, DNA Baits and just about every other huge name in the angling industry plus a number of tackle retailers such as Eric’s Angling where you’ll be sure to gra a bargain, and tucked away in the corner will be ourselves on stand 136 so please come over and say hi.
This year we will be asking you guys to play a simple minefield game where the top prize is a £100 Eric’s Angling Voucher and we’ll also be promoting this years event and the 3 causes we’re raising money for so we hope many of you going to NAS 4 stop by and support the cause.
18th January 2016
Official 2016 event flyer unveiled
This year the look of the flyer has changed slightly to incorporate the other organisations we’ve added to our fundraising and it has a very distinct patriotic look about it.
Our thanks to Carp-Talk as they designed the flyer for us and we’re sure you will all agree it looks superb.
18th January 2016
Saturday details announced for the 2016 event
We’ve announced the Friday night social and Q&A session details and we also have some cracking goings on during Saturday 23rd July at this years event for everyone to come and enjoy and help in our fundraising quest.
Firstly we will have the following attend with trade stands:
plus one other that we’ll confirm early next week.
In previous years we’ve had angling games go on throughout the day but this year we will be holding mobile live demo’s by Brian Skoyles of Daiwa who will be offering practical advise and coaching on floater fishing and Stu Lennox of E.S.P who will be demonstrating his superb solid bag set up, both Brian and Stu are great supporters of the event, both having attended previously, Brian with his angling games and presenting skills for our Q&A sessions and Stu as a competitor who was our individual winner last year.
Both these demo’s will be mobile and will be carried out around the lakes that the match will be taking place.
Again, this line up looks to be a superb addition to the weekend and everyone is welcome to come along and mooch around and see whats on offer with the trade stands and watch the demo’s before our Q&A session takes place.
Thanks once again to all the above for agreeing to be at the event and supporting us.
18th January 2016
Amazing line up confirmed for 2016 Q&A session
Over the last couple of years we’ve added a Q&A session on the Saturday afternoon/early evening and they’ve proved hugely popular, so this year we have an absolute stellar line up for the Q&A session.
Up first is an ex soldier who is no stranger to Carping4Heroes, having fished the event and attended our dinner nights, this angler has had two books published, is a current TV presenter, columnist in magazines and former world carp cup champion and we are in no doubt that Ian Chillcott will definitely entertain us with his knowledge, stories and anecdotes.
Our second angler who will join Chilly on stage is a former British carp record holder, author, has featured in all sorts of magazines and DVD’s and is also a former world carp cup champion alongside Chilly and we cannot wait to welcome Lee Jackson to the Carping4Heroes fold.
Joining Chilly and Lee are Chris ‘Bones’ Holmes and Neil Rivers, a duo that fish together who won the BCAC’s in 2014 which earned them a call up to the England Carp Team in 2015 and on to world domination as they helped England win the world championships, Chris also won our pairs title back in 2013 and presented the recent British Carp Cup series on BT Sports and their huge match angling experience will sure be a huge hit during the Q&A session.
We hope you all ageree that this line up is fantastic and sure to be entertaining as well as informative and again, like our social it is open to all to attend, our huge raffle will also be drawn following the Q&A session so make sure you’re there to be in the mix to win some great prizes.
A huge thanks to the 4 guys for taking time out of their busy lives to take part in the Q&A and we can’t wait for this.
18th January 2016
2016 Friday night social
Keeping with tradition we will have a quiz and our auction, all of which will take place in the Marquee supplied by UK Events & Tents and this year we will have not one, not two but three live music acts.
The first of our acts performed at last years event and were fantastic with their style of live music and we can’t wait to have MH Acoustic back with us.
Our second act is no stranger to supporting the military or Carping4Heroes and again performed at last years event and she has recently just released her new EP which is available on iTunes, and no doubt Robyn Regan will be hugely popular again as she was at last years event.
Our final performance will be from a band called Hawthorn Levi, a quartet from Nottingham who play a superb array of music that will have everyone on their feet, lead singer John performed at last years Dinner Night and we look forward to welcoming the band to the shenanigans of Carping4Heroes.
As with all our events everybody is welcome to come and enjoy a fantastic nights entertainment and fundraising and you can stay for the weekend as we’ll be operating a bivvy city.
So that’s our Friday night social confirmed and we can’t wait for this one.
16th November 2016
Dinner night a huge success
On Saturday 14th November around 32 guests got together for an evening of celebration and fundraising for Carping4Heroes at the Jurys Inn East Midlands Hotel near East Midlands Airport and what a night it was.
We were joined by Help for Heroes Ambassador and injured veteran Ben Zissman and his wife Ciara along with Carpworld editor Steve Broad, Ben delivered a heart tugging story of how he became paralyzed following the vehicle he was in detonated a huge IED that killed 4 of his colleagues and left Ben in an induced coma for 3 months at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham whilst his body and brain recovered from the injuries he received, Help for Heroes however were on hand once he woke to help him and his wife in his recovery and adapting to life within a wheelchair, this help also gave him the strength to realise that it’s not about what he isn’t able to do, but what he can do and as a result Ben is a hand cyclist who has represented GB at the Invictus Games and has aspirations of representing GB at the Paralympic games in the future, what was important from what Ben spoke about was that a lot of his strength and ability to be involved in hand cycling would never of been possible without the help and assistance from Help for Heroes and events such as Carping4Heroes who continue to raise much needed funds to allow recovery and rehabilitation to extend beyond the hospital bed and allow the assistance and help for life.
Once the opening speech by Simon Bangert was given a minutes silence was carried out in remembrance of Armistice Day that was earlier in the week and also to remember those that were slaughtered the night before in the terrible attacks in Paris, unfortunately one of our guests, Adam Webster was unable to make the evening as he was stuck trying to get back from a fishing trip in France, thankfully he wasn’t caught up in the atrocities but was indirectly affected and missed out on a superb evening as a result.
Once the minutes silence was finished, dinner was then served and the party began, it must be said that the food was fantastic and the service was extremely good by the hotel staff and once the dinner had finished Ben gave his talk that had everyone hanging onto his every word.
Following Ben’s talk it was time for the traditional toasts and for the port to make an appearance, and it can be said that one or two had more than just a port glass full of the loopy juice, but in fine Carping4Heroes tradition everyone partook in consuming a fair amount of alcohol which meant that as soon as John Halton took to the microphone to entertain us with an array of songs, people were up on their feet and boogying the night away.
It was a great evening where we raised £1,280 for our beneficiaries and we also received a £500 cheque from the family of Darren Martin that will be given to Help for Heroes on our behalf as Darren was an original participant and supporter of the event before his untimely death in May this year.
It leaves me to say a huge thank you to all those that attended the evening and spending their hard earned cash on raffle tickets, a huge thank you to Ben for attending and speaking to us about his experienced and we also thank everyone who donated prizes for the evening and the staff of the Jurys Inn East Midlands Hotel for having us.
16th October 2015
Associate Sponsor Addition
Carping4Heroes was founded back in January 2011 to give its founder Simon Bangert something to do whilst ill and was originally intended as a one off event with a few friends to raise a few quid for Help for Heroes.
Well as we all you know it didn’t turn out as a one off and gradually the event has gone on from strength to strength with it being well supported, attended and raising over £30,000.
The event has associate sponsors who not only donate prizes and support us via their media and promote the event, but also sponsor the various trophy’s we have and today we are proud to announce another partner to the event, The British Carp Cups.
Over the last couple of years Mick and Belinda Coxon of the BCC’s have assisted us with the marshalling of Carping4Heroes and they’ve also donated free entry for our winning pairs into their competition, and this year we’ve been working alongside the BCC’s in organising fun day’s during their Northern final and after its success, Carping4Heroes will be organising fun days at all of the British Carp Cups regional finals and their main British final.
In addition C4H and BCC’S will wear dual branded clothing and Carping4Heroes will have a team in the British Carp Cup’s 2016 competition.
As most of you will be are the British Carp Cups have secured TV screening of their competition on BT Sports which will mean fantastic exposure for Carping4Heroes and we are hugely grateful to Mick and Belinda of the British Carp Cup’s for their support and wanting us to work alongside them.
The fun days we’re organising in tandem with their regional’s and British final will be:
Southern Final: Saturday 6th August at Thorney Weir
Midland Final: Saturday 16th July at Penns Hall
Northern Final: Saturday 20th August at Wyreside Sunny 2
British Final: Saturday 3rd September at Branston Water Park
12th October 2015
Carp Particles Donation
We are pleased to announce that supporters of Carping4Heroes, Carp Particles who produce 100% natural particle baits will be donating 10% of profits form their annual sales.
Carp Particles that was set up by former soldier Dan Braggan has made this fantastic gesture following their support with Carping4Heroes at this years event and we express our huge gratitude and thanks.
For details on Carp Particles and their range of products then please visit www.carpparticles.co.uk
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.