A FORMER Scarborough schoolboy has organised a charity 24-hour carp fishing match to raise money for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
Ex-Raincliffe School pupil Simon Bangert, 32, has set up the event, which will take place on Saturday May 14 at Welham Lake, Malton.
It will be contested by 14 anglers, who will fish for several prizes including biggest fish.
The event will be attended by carp fishing legends Julian Cundiff and Brian Skoyles and will begin at midday with an evening barbecue or all participants, helpers and anybody else wishing to attend, with Brian Skoyles arranging fun and games that will be free to enter with a DAIWA match rod and reel up for grabs.
The match will end at 11am on Sunday May 15 with a prize giving ceremony and raffle draw.
The event has also been given Royal Approval as Mr Bangert, who now lives in Driffield, has received a letter from HRH Prince Harry, who wished the event success.
Mr Bangert said: “As an ex-soldier and former patient at Headley Court rehabilitation centre, giving something back through an amazing sport is superb and really appreciate all the support that is being shown and thank Gary Howard the owner of Welham Lake for letting this happen and to receive a letter from HRH Prince Harry is testament to the support shown so far.”
Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and provides direct, practical support to those injured in the current conflicts.
For further information contact Mr Bangert on 07402452123 or visit https://www.bmycharity.com/V2/carping4heroes to donate. The barbecue and prize giving are open to any person wishing too attend and offer their support, raffle tickets are also available throughout the match.