We recently provided a grant to the British Disabled Angling Association for adaptive equipment. This grant has made a huge difference in helping disabled people enjoy the benefits of fishing and getting them back into socialising with others in their local areas.
One individual to benefit was Paul who was given a power reel and rod harness. After a stroke this avid angler resorted to fishing with equipment similar to what beginners used. The FishWinch reel combined with a Barracuda rod harness now means he is enjoying fishing again and more importantly, joining in with local disabled angling and competitions. Paul was in tears when thanking for this intervention and how it had changed his life for the better.
A young woman from Portsmouth was concerned that her husband wasn't improving as quickly as hoped; it emerged that he just wanted to go fishing again. This man had suffered an illness months after getting married and lost use of his left side and ability to use conventional fishing equipment. It also had affected them both financially and they had to move home where his original pride and joy fishing tackle was thrown out by the movers. This man was equipped with a new power reel and a new harness with back support, which enabled him to get back out into the local community and start fishing with members of a new angling club assisted by his carer.
Our funding also helped a disabled fishing group that provide fishing trips for disabled people. They needed equipment for specific disabilities such as paraplegic and amputee anglers who struggled holding the fishing rods and reeling in fish. They were provided them with adapted fishing reels and rod holders to enable these disabled people to enjoy fishing alongside everyone else.