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)




14th May 2015


Auction Prizes Update


As with all our previous events we have been lucky enough to secure special donations that will be auctioned off on the Friday evening at the social get together, the items up for grabs are:


• A planet print block picture 
• 24hrs for 2 anglers at Linear Fisheries
• A signed carp print 
• 48hrs for 3 anglers at Lakeview Fishery
• A signed authors copy of Ian Chillcott’s book ‘Light my Fire’
• A signed and framed Carping4Heroes Logo signed by over 100 carp and coarse angling personalities
• An Anglers Mobile Power Solutions (A.M.P.S) Mk 2 Cobra power pack complete with a 2.5m LED light strip cable, mains charger and voltage reader


Bids for any of these items can be placed by sending an email to carping4heroes@gmail.com and the item will open at the highest bid received via email.


(if you’re the highest email bidder for an item and cannot attend the auction, you will be contacted via phone during the auction so you can increase your bid if required)


Details of these donations will be posted with pictures and links to donator websites and exact item details between now and the 12th June so keep your eyes peeled on upcoming posts.


14th May 2015


Raffle Prizes Update


This year we are pleased to announce the following companies will be supporting the Carping4Heroes 2015 raffle which will be drawn on Saturday 13th June after the Q&A session:


• Nash Tackle rod bag
• Nash Tackle bedchair
• 2 x Hinders Betaline and Black session packs
• Vagrant Baits package
• Dynamite Baits package
• Fox Tackle package
• 3 x Phat Fish clothing bundles
• 2 x Bait-Tech bait bundles
• 2 x Carp Couture clothing bundles 
• 3 x Korda tackle bundles
• Thinking Anglers package
• Castaway PVA package
• Ridgemonkey air dry system
• 3 x White Acre Fisheries bundles
• 2 x Taska baseball caps
• Enterprise tackle bundle
• ESP Marker rod
• 2 x £100 Nutrabaits vouchers
• Starflite stainless package
• Fox holdall
• Solar Tackle 10kg club mix boilies
• 24hrs at Linear Fisheries for 2 anglers
• Coolicebox 25l carp cool ice box and koolit ice block
• £300 Catmaster Tours voucher
• 1 week for 2 anglers @ Etang Baudy on a drive and survive package
• 1 week for 1 angler @Carp Gran Canaria


Raffle tickets will only be available at the event or from the Tackle Barn at Manor Farm Fishing.


More prizes to be confirmed!


14th May 2015


Carping4Heroes 2015 – Event Update


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With a month to go until Carping4Heroes 2015 we have been supported extremely well yet again by the carp angling world and here at Carping4Heroes HQ we are hugely grateful to all those companies and individuals that have pledged support.


As promised we said we would post an update on this year’s event and we are pleased to announce that the following schedule for the weekend has been confirmed:






Friday 12th June


  • Social get together which will include an auction and quiz
  • Live music with performances from MH Acoustic and Help for Heroes supporter and recording artist Robyn Regan. (profiles of our performers will be posted separately)


Saturday 13th June


  • 24 hr team carp angling match will begin that will see the Army, RAF, MPGS, Ex-Military and Civilian carp teams compete for various titles, including the ‘Darren Martin Memorial Trophy’
  • Trade stands will open from 11am
  • A slide show and Q&A session featuring Adam Penning, Ian Russell and Joe Turnbull will take place from 4.30pm followed by the raffle draw.


Sunday 14th June


  • Conclusion of the 24hr carp match and presentation of trophies and match prizes.


The event is free to attend and as ever we will be operating a bivvy city (£5 per bivvy) so that you can all stay and enjoy the atmosphere of the weekend and it would be great to see a lot more of you this year as the weekend is much more than just about the fishing and is a celebration of our armed forces and wounded heroes.


Throughout the weekend there will be catering on site that’s being provided by Andy’s Snacks and we’ll also be welcoming Mark Hogg, Jemima Musson and Bev Clifford as special guests alongside Penners, Ian Russell and Joe Turnbull to the event to assist in keeping you all entertained (Bev and Jemima are a deadly double act so be warned)


The trade stands at this year’s event will include:



Castaway PVA

Starflite Stainless

Forces CARP


(We will also be announcing further stands closer to the event)


So all in all this year’s event is set to be another great weekend with a festival style atmosphere and plenty for all to do, see and take part in.


For further information or queries then please contact us at carping4heroes@gmail.com and we look forward to seeing you all in June.




11th May 2015


Darren Martin

19th Aug 1969 – 1st May 2015


547441_412722905433967_1104215607_nIt’s with great sadness that I announce the passing of a dear friend, father, veteran and carp angler Darren ‘Felix’ Martin.


Darren was one of the original participants of Carping4Heroes and competed in 3 events and always bought with him his unique banter and laughter that we all knew and loved him for.


Darren was an ex REME soldier who saw active service in the 1st Gulf War and Northern Ireland before being medically discharged in 1996, following his discharge he worked as a mechanic/fitter for various companies and started hunting big carp in the Essex area where he lived for a few years following his discharge from the Army.


In recent years Darren moved back to East Yorkshire where he came from and continued his quest for big fish, notably on the Mesters syndicate and other Yorkshire venues.


Darren was a character who was well liked and loved by his friends and leaves us with many memories of great times both on the bank and away from it and we will all miss him dearly, unfortunately Darren also leaves behind 3 young children and our thoughts at this difficult and sad time are also with his family.


In honour of Darren’s memory the Carp-Talk sponsored team trophy will be renamed ‘The Carp-Talk Sponsored Darren Martin Memorial Trophy’ that will be competed for by all the teams that take part in all Carping4Heroes events.


‘We will all miss you mate and hopefully your chasing big lumps at the big pond in the sky’


Arte et Marte (REME Corps Motto)




8th April 2015


British Carp Cups to support Carping4Heroes




Over the last few days we have been busy putting all the bits and pieces together for this years event and have a couple of announcements to make over the next day or two, the first one being that The British Carp Cups have offered their support again in 2 ways.


Firstly they will be providing the marshaling at this years event including all the weigh equipment which is superb news as that is one less thing we need to worry about from our point of view, and with the event now split over 2 lakes and with 42 pairs I’m sure Mick Coxon and his band of merry men will be very busy.


Secondly, Mick and Belinda who own and run the British Carp Cups have again offered the winning pair at this years event entry in to the British Carp Cups in 2016, meaning they have a chance of becoming regional and national champions and all from the humble beginnings of Carping4Heroes 2015.


Obviously we thank Mick and Belinda for their support which is hugely appreciated and I’m sure Mick may need a few extra bodies to compliment his existing band of marshals so keep an eye out on details if you are interested in helping out.


31st March 2015


Northern Angling Show Update




So last weekend we exhibited at the Northern Angling Show at Event City in Manchester and we must say we had a fantastic time throughout the weekend and it was great to meet and chat with all of you that popped by.


As with the previous shows in March we ran our minefield and guess the number of boilies in the jar games and we had a great response with many people taking part in both.


We can now reveal that the winner of the guess the number of boilies in the jar game is:


SIMON HUTSON with a guess of 310 (there were 301 in the jar), a huge well done to Simon who wins a package from DNA Baits.


Our minefield game winners were:


3rd Prize – DAVE SHACKLADY who wins a Special T Baits 5kg of Ti boilies

2nd Prize – PHIL MEREDITH who wins a 3 month Carp-Talk subscription

1st Prize – MICK JONES who wins a weeks fishing at Etang Vilotte in France


A huge well done to all our winners and a huge thanks to all of you that took part.


Now that the show season is over, we will now be concentrating on making Carping4Heroes 2015 the biggest and best event we have had to date and over the coming days we have some superb announcements to make so keep your eyes peeled.


23rd March 2015


Big One Winners Announced


Thank you to everyone who took part in our games over the weekend at the Big One in Farnborough, we had a great response to both our minefield game and our guess the amount of boilies in a jar game.


The winners have been notified and we are pleased to announce that the winners were:




3rd Prize – Lucas Robinson (winning 5kg of Special T Baits Ti boilies)
2nd Prize – Glen Houston (winning a 3 month Carp-Talk subscription)
1st Prize – Glen Houston (winning a weeks fishing for 5 people at Exclusive Angling Holidays Rouge Lake in France)


Dan Champion with a guess of 310 (there were 313 in the pot),
Dan wins a DNA Baits package.
A huge thank you to all of you that took part and well done to everyone that won and we hope you enjoy your prizes.
We will be running our games at the Northern Angling Show in Manchester this weekend so if you want to win a trip to France or a DNA Baits package then make sure you come and visit us.


18th March 2015


The Big One 2015




Red see us at portraitThis weekend we’ll be at the Big One in Farnborough and we’ll be running a couple of games, the first, our minefield game which will cost you £2 a go and has a weeks fishing for 5 people as the top prize, a 3 month Carp-Talk subscription as 2nd prize and 5kg of Special T Baits Ti boilies as 3rd prize.


The lake in question is Exclusive Angling Holidays Rouge Lake in the Dordogne region of France and has fish to over 40lb to go at, which for £2 is a great result.


Our second game is ‘Guess the number of boilies’ where you have to guess the amount of DNA Baits pop ups in the jar and the closest or correct guess wins a DNA Baits package and only costs £1 per go.


So for £3 you could walk away from this years Big One with some outstanding prizes, knowing you’ve supported a great cause, so don’t be shy if your going this weekend and make sure you come and visit us.

8th March 2015


Great Weekend at Carpin’ On 2015 




Well what a weekend we had at Carpin’ On 2015 at 5 Lakes Resort in Essex, we managed to meet many of our supporters and chat to a lot of people who still haven’t heard of us, we ran 2 games over the weekend, the first was a ‘guess the amount of boilies in the jar’ game and the total number of boilies in the jar was actually 330 and the winner with a guess of 328 was:


MICHAEL SMITH, well done Michael who won a DNA Baits package.


Our 2nd game was the minefield game where we had 3 prizes up for grabs, including a weeks trip to Blavet Valley Lakes in France and we were pleased to have Joan from Nash Tackle choose at random the 3 winning squares and in 3rd place, winning 5kg of Special T Baits Ti boilies was:




In 2nd place and winning a 3 month Carp-Talk subscription was:




and in 1st place and bagging themselves a weeks fishing at Blavet Valley Lakes in Brittany, France was:




A huge well done to all our winners and finally a massive thank you to each and every person who came to see us and took part in our games and helped raise over £900.

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