10th May 2017


With little over 6 weeks to go until this years event at Cudmore Fishery we have again a huge list of supporters who have all donated prizes for our raffle and/or auction.


We cannot thank all those who have pledged their support enough and it’s hugely appreciated, however, the support doesn’t just benefit those who win the prizes but many 100′s of wounded, injured and sick veterans as a result of the funds raised during the event, and that is something all our supporters should be proud of, as they really are enabling life changing support.


The list of supporters at the time of writing this article contains:




Nash Tackle

Atomic Tackle

DNA Baits


Aqua Products


Dynamite Baits

Mainline Baits

Dovetail Games

Enterprise Tackle


Wyreside Fisheries

Sandhurst Lake

Reuben Heaton

Linear Fisheries

Carp Gran Canaria

CC Moore

Etang Baudy

Manor Farm Fishing

Lead Shed

The Tackle Box


Castaway PVA

Monster Particle

Leicester City F.C

Lodge Framing

UK Paintball

Cudmore Fisherys

AW Tackle

Delta Paintball


Yet again we are blown with the support and with a few weeks left to go we hope to have a couple more additions to the list by the time the event comes around.




29th March 2017


nintchdbpict000292089775We’re able to announce that this year, part of our fundraising efforts will be donated towards the family of L/Cpl Scott Hetherington, who died in Iraq on January 2nd, and the first British soldier to die in the country since 2009.


Scott was a member of the 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (2 LANCS) and was part of the UK’s commitment to training Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIS, however, Scott wasn’t killed as a result of enemy action and an investigation is still ongoing.


We were contacted by friends of the event who represented the Army team last years and were close friends of Scott, and they asked if there was anything we could do to assist his young family that have been left behind.


A few messages later we were in contact with Scott’s Mum, Anne, who explained that Scott had become a Dad to Safaya-Rose just before he deployed, which is a truly heartbreaking story, and we felt that the Carping4Heroes family would answer the call to support Scott and his young family and therefore part of our efforts in fundraising will be donated to the memory of Scott.

13th March 2017




This weekend was Carpin On 2017 and we were present with our friends at Forces CARP on stand 110a, during the weekend we met many old friends and spoke to many new faces, on the stand we promoted this years event at Cudmore Fishery and we also ran a competition that involved guessing the weight of 4 well known fish.


The 4 fish were:


The Parrot (caught by Terry Hearn)
Single Scale from Ashmead (Caught by Ian Chillcott)
The Black Mirror (Caught by Dave Lane)
Chillies Fish from Chillham Mill (Caught by Adam Penning)

and the correct weight if you put all 4 of the fish together was:


207lb 14oz!


And a huge congratulations to Mr Harry Dickson who won with a guess of 207lb 12oz, Harry will be sent a Nash Tackle 2 rod set up for his troubles that include the new KNX Colt rods, BP6 Reels and S5 Alarms.


We thank the guy’s at Carp Conferences who run Carpin On for having us again at their superb show and for the support they continue to give us and we also thank Kev, Lindsay and Neil plus Abi and Faith for helping us this weekend.


Miranda Brown, Carp Team England women's captain with our poster and her quote she said after attending last years event

Miranda Brown, Carp Team England women’s captain with our poster and her quote she said after attending last years event






2nd February 2017


It’s unfortunate that we have to announce that our dinner night we had planned for March 25th at the KCOM Stadium in Hull has been cancelled.
Lack of numbers and interest is the reasoning behind the decision and those who have bought a ticket will receive a refund.


27th January 2017


It’s with sadness that we report the passing of keen angler Charles Hickmott, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 99.


Charles was from the Wellingborough area and although he never personally attended an event, he requested in his will that all donations during his funeral to be made to Carping4Heroes.


An online donation site has been set up by the funeral directors and the link is:



Charles’ funeral will take place on February 10th at 1pm at the Nene Valley Crematorium.


Although Charles has now passed, we would like to thank him for kindly requesting donations to be passed on to us following his death.


Our condolences go to Charles’ friends and family and we can assure them that Charles’ request will be gratefully received by our beneficiarys.


6th January 2017


With Christmas and New Year now out the way we can now announce that our dinner night tickets are now on sale via the website.
Our dinner night this year will be taking place at the KCOM Stadium in Hull on Saturday 25th March and features a stellar line up of entertainment, food and prizes all in aid of four fantastic causes.
The evening will be attended by a Help for Heroes Ambassador, angling guests and throughout the night we will be entertained by a local band called Pure Draught and award winning comedian Sally-Ann Hayward.
As ever we will have a host of raffle prizes on offer, they will include a mix of angling and ‘normal’ prizes with something for everyone.
It will be a great night of fundraising for Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, Forces CARP and local charity Hull 4 Heroes.
Tickets are priced at £40 per person and includes a 3 course meal and inclusion into a special raffle draw that only those attending the evening can be part of, please visit the website at www.carping4heroes.co.uk/shop and grab your tickets today as numbers are limited.


07th November 2016


C4H Dinner Night 2017We are proud to announce that our dinner night will take place on Saturday March 25th 2017 at the KCOM Stadium in Hull, home to Premier League Hull City AFC and Rugby Super League’s Hull FC.


This year, our dinner night will consist of a 3 course meal plus entertainment by comedian Sally-Anne Hayward and music by local band Pure Draught, we also have long time carp angler and supporter of the event Brian Skoyles attending plus a Help for Heroes Ambassador as our guest of honour.


As with all our dinner nights we will hold a raffle and an auction on the night with all monies raised being donated to our benefactors, this year will also include a local charity close to the dinner venue, Hull 4 Heroes who are working towards creating housing for Veterans who live in the City of Hull.


We have our sight’s set on raising £2,000 from the evening and if you want to attend what is always a fantastic event then please visit the website shop where tickets are prices at £40 per person or a table of 10 for £380.




02nd November 2016


14925446_1272623416110574_8544216618360617160_nWe can announce that the event in 2017 will be held at Cudmore Fishery, the home of Fishomania over the weekend of June 23rd-25th.


Most of you will instantly realise that this a change of venue, having held the previous 4 events at Manor Farm Fishing and the reason for change is that we have outgrown Manor Farm Fishing.


It was a fantastic 4 years at Manor Farm and we wish to thank Sue and her team for all their support and efforts in helping us every year.


The show must go on as they say and we’re looking forward to using Cudmore Fishery and putting on another superb event in aid of our Men and Women of the Armed Forces.


27th October 2016




During this years event at Manor Farm Fishery, we were lucky enough to be joined by the guys behind Reality Carp Fishing who film the British Carp Cup footage for BT Sports.


Paul Smith and Lee May as they’re known to the world were on hand for the full weekend and filmed just about every nook and cranny of the fishery, interviewed almost everyone they clapped eyes on and earlier this evening the culmination of their work was released on Reality Carp Fishing’s YouTube page and we have to say that it’s 57 minutes of epic carp angling viewing.


As well as speaking to a host of people, there is plenty of fishing action, a Q&A with Ian Chillcott and Brian Skoyles and a piece on surface fishing with Brian who hands out tips to one of the participants of the event and we thank Paul and Lee hugely for their efforts as the end result is a superb piece of film and tops off what was a superb year for Carping4Heroes with Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Forces CARP benefiting from the support of everyone who took part.


To view the video visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBgARM7eVcc


26th July 2016


IMG_5237It was our best event to date and the whole weekend was full of superb memories and our thanks to everyone involved for making it a great event.

Elliott Porter and Hawthorn Levi who provided the entertainment on Friday evening were a huge hit and certainly added to the occasion, the quiz was an eye opener and always a giggle with some of the answers and the auction raised just over £2k alone.

On Saturday it’s fair to say we had many people wishing the earth could swallow them up and as the temperature soared past 25 degrees by 9am it didn’t look too fun for those that may have had a fizzy drink or two too many, however, once the draw had been made and the anglers were in angling mode most felt human again.

11 minutes in to the match, Alex McKenzie of the RAF landed the first fish and also bagged himself the DNA Baits 1st fish trophy plus 5kg of DNA baits and a few other prizes.

With the temperature almost hitting 30 degrees and the previous 5 days warm weather, the fish on both lakes weren’t in the mood to play except with themselves, however a few fish did start to grace the bank and keep the scoreboard ticking over.

By 4.30pm it was all to play for and the anglers wound in as we held our traditional BBQ and Q&A session, a huge thanks has to go to Gary Clifford and his team for providing the food at the last minute and it’s fair to say they did a sterling job and the bar was also a welcome addition.

Unfortunately Lee Jackson was unable to make the event and Chris Holmes and Neil Rivers were called up for England duty, which meant Ian Chillcott was going to be joined by Brian Skoyles on stage for the Q&A with event organiser Simon Bangert compering the session, and as ever it was a superb insight in to how the sports top anglers tick and there opinions on such topics as the otter problem, advertising and whether Spongebob Squarepants could beat them in wrestle.

Obviously we send our thanks to Chilly and his wife Lindie for taking time to be with us and yet again show their support for our armed forces which is hugely appreciated.

During the day, Brian Skoyles wandered around the lakes and offered floater fishing tuition which was greatly received with a number of anglers taking home some superb surface fishing tips and again, we thank Brian for his efforts and support and that of Daiwa for donating a Floater rod and reel.

Stu Lennox also gave demo’s of his PVA bag technique during the Saturday and his assistance and support was also hugely appreciated.

We also had the guys from Rod Hutchinson with their range of products with us plus Bait-Tech and Lee and Paul from Reality Carp Fishing were busy filming the event and Mark from Carp Radio got plenty of stuff for their next carp radio show.

Once the Q&A had finished and everyone was fed we held our raffle and a huge thanks goes to everyone who donated prizes, as with all our events a formal letter of thanks will be sent in the next couple of days.

Following the raffle the fishing resumed and it was slow fishing for much of the night until around 7am where the fish finally stopped taking the mickey out of everyone and some decided to make an appearance.

By the time the final hooter had come just over 40 fish had been caught, which isn’t a bad effort given the conditions and number of anglers taking part.

Once all scores and catches had been tallied up, we had the following winners:

Individual Winner – Matt McKay (Royal Navy & Royal Marines) 65lb 03oz

Biggest Fish – Matt McKay (Royal Navy & Royal Marines) 20lb 07oz

First Fish – Alex McKenzie (R.A.F)

Winning Pair – Steve Brown & Matt McKay (Royall Navy and Royal Marines) 117lb 13oz

Winning Team – Royal Navy and Royal Marines 177lb 8oz

So our new champions and virgins to Carping4Heroes were the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Carp Angling team with a sterling effort and we congratulate them on a great match.

But the winners of the event were our beneficiaries Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Forces CARP who will benefit from our fundraising efforts which we believe to be around the £14k mark, however we will announce the exact amount in due course.

Thank you to the venue for letting us use their excellent facilities again and thank you to each and everyone of you that came and enjoyed a special weekend with us

Our next event will be the dinner night on November 19th at Hull City’s KC Stadium.

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