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Anglers anchor down for 48-hour charity fish in Dagenham lakes

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:04 28 May 2015

A local angling club has organised a weekend of competitions to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Left to right: Darren Runnicles, Carlie Wakeford, Terry Hebden, Danny Tucker, Ben Fenton and Sam Harnett with the carp they had just caught.

A local angling club has organised a weekend of competitions to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Left to right: Darren Runnicles, Carlie Wakeford, Terry Hebden, Danny Tucker, Ben Fenton and Sam Harnett with the carp they had just caught.

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After losing loved ones to cancer a group of fishermen decided to tackle the issue head on by holding a competition to raise money for charity.

Anglers set sail on Friday and stayed out on the water until Sunday, taking part in a carp fishing competition for 48 hours straight.

They raised £2,855 and will be donating the lot to Cancer Research UK after the fishing event of the year on The Chase and White Hart lake, Dagenham.

More than 25 anglers set sail and about 100 volunteers also gave their time, with 10 marshals staying up for the weekend to monitor the event and weigh the fish as they came in.

Co-organiser, Darren Runnicles, said it was “absolutely superb”, adding: “We’ve still got buckets of change to count so we’ve probably hit our target of raising £3k.

“I think the fishermen were fine, there were no bad spirits at all. We want to try and do it again next year.”

The 28-year-old, who has been angling for 10 years, lost his great aunt to cancer.

A number of men who own the sponsoring company, Robertson Fishing Tackle, also lost family members too.

Darren added: “We wanted to give something back and give every last penny to charity.”


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