A FORMER Scarborough soldier 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, 33, has set up Carping4Heroes, which will take place on May 25 to 27 at Welham Lake, in Malton.
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the competition has secured sponsorship for the next few years from tomic Tackle, Carp-Talk, Carpworld, Nash Tackle and Crafty Carper.
Mr Bangert, a former soldier with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers who was medically discharged in 2004, raised more than £1,800 at last year’s event which included a 24 hour match, raffle and auction.
Following its success Mr Bangert has expanded the event too include an inter service pairs match which this year will see the British Army take on a team of civilians, with next year’s event including teams from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and RAF.
The event will also feature an auction, raffle, BBQ, hog roast and angling games throughout as well as the pairs match which will see the two teams of 12 anglers go head to head for a number of titles including winning pair, overall team champions and biggest fish.
Mr Bangert said: “As an ex-soldier and former patient at Headley Court rehabilitation centre, giving something back and supporting our troops through an amazing sport is superb and really appreciate all the support that has been shown so far. My thanks goes out to the Army Angling Federation for getting involved in the event and I look forward to a great weekend and hope we raise our target of £3000.”
The weekend is open to anyone to attend. Contact Mr Bangert on 07402452123 for further information or visit www.carping4heroes.co.uk for further details.