We formed Fishability UK in January 2012, and have been able to stage an event in fly, coarse or sea fishing discipline during every month since then.
We exist to support those valiant veterans of HM forces who are struggling with physical or psychological issues having left the theatre of war. Our legend is "Angling Therapy for Forces Veterans" , and the recreational therapy we provide for our clients helps to make a huge difference for their morale, confidence and general outlook on life. Having to deal with regularly recurrent flashbacks, nightmares, depression, loneliness, addiction, worthlessness, and a generally vulnerable demeanour, begins to paint a picture of just how difficult it is for some to battle on, years perhaps decades after service has ceased.
Those attending will often have passed through Combat Stress at Leatherhead, where they diagnose and treat Post Traumatic Stress, or Headley Court (the well known MoD Rehabilitation establishment), whilst we are also working with hostels housing veterans in Surrey and surrounding counties.
Our monthly events rely entirely upon donation, but people can help in many ways.The offer of a lake or river beat, some second hand tackle, catering items, instruction, guiding, as well as cash(!) can all be moulded into forming great days out for the veterans.Trips began with a local theme, but we now get out and about up to around 100 miles away, a venture to Draycote Water, Coventry for instance, for our Oct 2014 event.
We attained registered charity status in July 2014, and are in the process of confirming a full calendar of events for the year ahead.
So, with a huge thanks to the wonderful support from Shere Village Cinema, with your cheque for £1000, we can make an even bigger difference to the lives of our veterans, who have so bravely put their lives on the line for our continued security and peace.
Tony Hern - Game Fishing Co-ordinator and Secretary, Fishability UK