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.
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)