Help the Heroes weekend

Brian Skoyles reports back on this year's Help the Heroes weekend at Welham Lakes in North Yorkshire.
Simon Bangert (green) and the Welham team who did a brilliant job hosting the event.

Simon Bangert is an ex-soldier and former patient at Headley Court rehabilitation centre and for the second year running organised a fund raising event for the Help the Heroes charity at Welham Lake. Daiwa supported this event last year and were very happy to do so again this time round.

Welham Lake is a stunning lake, set in the middle of a large golf course, near Malton, North Yorkshire, the perfect venue for a social get together, but this was much more than just a get together. A carp angling match between twelve man teams from the Army and Civilians, an evening social, angling games, a hog roast and barbeque, tackle demonstrations, rig clinics, guest appearances by top carpers, the weekend had everything.

Simon does a fabulous job of organising the event, and I think it’s fair to say that everyone had a great time, raising a lot of money for Help the Heroes in the process. The various raffles and the auction raised well over £5000 pounds, a superb result.

Daiwa contributed a Longbow DF Floater rod and SS2500 reel to the main auction and the successful bidder was Ashley Stokes who will also be having a day’s floater fishing with me in the near future.

The only participants that didn’t really fully join in were the fish. With very hot and sunny weather all the week previous and over the actual weekend not so many fish were interested in feeding and catch weights for the normally very productive Welham Lake were on the low side. The match was won by the Civilian team with Jason Trought and Aron Roberts the top pair with 39lb 12oz. Jason also took top individual weight with 29lbs 13oz and the biggest fish with a fish of 21lbs 8oz. The angling games were won by Ben Walker with Gareth Bradbury second.

What was most impressive was the overall atmosphere. Yes there was a match, and the opportunity to have a good time, but the weekend was about much more than that. It was obvious that everyone there held our troops in very high regard and the focus was very much about showing support and raising money for Help the Heroes. Well done to all who supported the event in any way and especially to Simon and his team of helpers who did such a great job over the full weekend