East End Celebrity Goes Fishing for Funds

The second annual Big Fish event looks set to be a big catch in raising money for local charity, The Sick Children’s Trust, with special guest actor Scott Maslen bringing star quality to the day.

Held at Great Linford Lakes in Buckinghamshire on September 3, the event is being organised by Dominic Morgan as a thank you to the charity that helped his family through one of the worst times of his life.

His daughter, Jodi, from Colchester, died last year after an 18-month battle against aplastic anaemia, a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells.  The Sick Children’s Trust provided free accommodation for the family at its Acorn House in Cambridge, during the final weeks of Jodi’s life.

Dominic said: “We are so grateful for the support The Sick Children’s Trust has given us that we wanted to give something back. Last year we raised in excess of £1,000 for the charity and we hope to double that this year as the event continues to grow in size and stature within the fishing community. We and also to be able to donate several laptops and Nintendo DSI’s to Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s children’s wards.

“We are particularly grateful to David and Nicola Marle, who own Great Linford Lakes, for donating the venue free of charge.  Fishing novices and experts alike should come down for what promises to be a fantastic family day out with so much to see and do and even get to meet some of the biggest angling stars.”

The event kicks off with a 48 hour carp fishing tournament for singles and pairs, followed by the family fishing show where children can try their hand at the free fishing camp with experts. The first place anglers will walk away with more than £2,500 of top carp fishing gear, a fishing holiday abroad and a money-can’t-buy session with a top celebrity fisherman. All tournament anglers will also be treated to a free hog roast.

Scott added: “As a keen angler I am more than happy to come along and support what promises to be a fantastic event. I’ll be doing a bit of mingling and then will be on stage to conduct the prize giving ceremony at around 4:30pm.”

Lydia Solomon, community fundraiser for The Sick Children’s Trust added: “We are thankful for Dominic for putting on such a wonderful event again and I’m sure it’ll surpass last year and raise lots of much needed funds for our charity.  We encourage anyone in the area to come along and support this fabulous event!”

For details of the event please go to www.thebigfish.tv

For more information please contact: Sarah Wallace on 020 7931 8695 or email sarah@sickchildrenstrust.org

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