Dear Friends, Patrons and Supporters of Reels on Wheels
This is an official announcement. It is with deep regret that I have to tell you that after almost 10 years, Reels on Wheels as an organisation is closing. It’s been a fantastic journey in fishing for us and we’ve gotten to know some amazing people along the way. I have been privileged to fish many competitions like the World Carp Classic, etc. that I never dreamed I would and have been able to represent disabled anglers all over the World!
As an organisation, we’ve been able to help many people to rediscover their love of angling thanks to the generosity and support of our followers, patrons and individuals who are too many to name. Unfortunately, at 65, my health is deteriorating to the extent that I haven’t been able to get out and about enough since last year. For this reason and the fact that fundraising is such a struggle – not just for us! – keeping it going is no longer a viable option and Rosie and I can no longer afford to finance it out of our own pockets.
However, we shall still be actively helping anglers in our local area, if needed and others with the help of friends/supporters throughout the UK.
It has been an amazing experience and I hope that when I do get out fishing again, we bump into each other on the bank. I’d like to thank all of you who were there for me at the very beginning, those who helped out along the way and all the anglers who spoke kindly of us. Many thanks also to Pete and Debbie from Broadlands Lakes Coarse Fishery who hosted us, Cromwell Lakes who made us welcome and Trent View Carp Fishery where we were last year. I must give a massive shout-out to Martin Cronin at The Birch Syndicate in Wales who was there at the beginning and put up with us and cooked us many a stonking breakfast!
Lastly, a huge thanks to all my generous sponsors over the years, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to offer so many great prizes at our fundraising events.