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Blackburn Fishing Project Wins People's Millions Vote


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A Blackburn based organisation asked for your help earlier this week in voting for them to win a head-to-head People's Millions funding competition. We are very pleased to report therefore that The Lodge project won it's funding.

This was the information we received from Adrian Hoole, who is an Angling Trust licenced coach and also the chairman of a community association in Blackburn, Lancashire who take young people fishing to give them something to occupy their time and energies.

"It all started back in 2007 when we received a £500 grant form a small community based group to help with our aims of tackling anti social behaviour within our community and was awarded a certificate from the Home Office for our stance against anti-social behaviour.

We would take the young people fishing on the local canal but this is no longer available, over the years we have been over subscribed with the young people who became engaged, that we now have a long term lease for our own old mill lodge (the last remaining mill lodge in Blackburn).

This lodge have not been used in 15 years and has become a fly tip area and overgrown with weeds etc,

We have applied for a grant from the Peoples Millions and we are in the final today where we will appear on regional TV, (Granada). We are going into a head to head fight against another group from Cheshire and it will be up to the public to vote for who they deemed is the best cause.

We stand a chance of winning up to £50,000 so we can improve the water for ALL anglers inclusive. The work will be to create paths for people to access the lodge, a special path for disabled users, security fencing, usable platforms and an informal educational building to teach angling."

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said:

"In 2012, Defra and the Environment Agency commissioned the Angling Trust to compile a national strategy for the future of angling participation. Fishing for Life aims to find ways of overcoming barriers to increasing the number and diversity of anglers and maximising the benefits to society from people going fishing.

This chance to secure funding from the People's Millions is something we support 100% and is a magnificent effort by the Lodge team and Adrian to stand up for angling and the benefits it can bring socially to an area. We are really pleased that this effort has paid off handsomely for them and hope other similar projects will take heart from this and put forward their own bids for funding nationwide!"

You can download Fishing For Life on our webpage HERE

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