Milton Keynes pub helped mastermind fly fishing day that hooked in in £22,500 for charity

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A fly fishing match has netted a hefty £22,500 to benefit five charities.

The event was masterminded by local housing developer Lovell and the team at the Foresters Arms in New Bradwell,

The pub was this week the venue for the post-event prize giving celebration and barbecue.

A fly fishing match organised local housing developer Lovell and supported by Anglian Water

Held at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire, the boat pairs match saw 80 participants taking to the water for a day’s fly-fishing, with two-person teams - a novice paired with an experienced angler - fishing from each boat.

The match and auction raised £22,554, surpassing the £7,300 total shared by a number of charities when the event was last held in 2014.

This year, more than £9,000 will be presented to Save the Children. More of the proceeds will go to Willen Hospice and also Milton Keynes Hospital’s Little Lives Appeal, which is raising funds to redevelop the hospital’s neonatal unit.

Anglers and novices from all over the UK in the match, including members of the England international team and also the Netherlands professional fly fishing team, who travelled all the way from Holland to support the event.