As we near the end of the year we have been looking back at a momentous year for our Castaway initiative, including our inaugural event at Theale in September.
Thank you to the wonderful participants who attended September’s event and gave us invaluable feedback of the day.
"It was very therapeutic to learn and practice new skills in a small group that had shared the experience of cancer….”
“I really appreciated the instruction from your amazing team of coaches”
Plans are underway for 2022, with a date confirmed for an event at Theale, on the 24th April.
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Photo credit: Karen Bennet Photography https://karenbennettphotography.co.uk
Background to Castaway:
Castaway is a new programme from The Countryside Alliance Foundation which supports men and women affected by all types of cancer, to improve their physical and mental health through ongoing engagement with fishing and the countryside.
Castaway’s one-day fishing programme is dedicated to supporting people who have completed cancer treatment, offering them the well-being, nurture and fellowship of angling aligned with good diet, food and the camaraderie of angling and the shared experiences that will have had to be negotiated - and journeyed through.
Castaway builds on the 10 years’ experience the Countryside Alliance Foundation has gained in bringing the benefits of angling to people affected by cancer, through the previous Casting for Recovery programme, and has now opened up this unique offer to men and women of all ages, who have had an experience of any type of cancer. It also draws on the huge experience of Fishing for Schools coaches.
We have been thrilled to have the support of the cancer community for Castaway, including the UK Oncology Nursing Society and Royal Berkshire Hospital, in addition to local businesses and cancer support groups.