North Devon Councillors have used their Community Councillor Grants to help South West Fishing for Life.

An organisation that provides fly fishing sessions for people suffering or recovering from breast cancer has been boosted by more than £800 of funding from North Devon Council (NDC).

South West Fishing for Life has been awarded a total of £825 from councillors’ community grant funds.

The money will be used to provide fishing equipment, banners, pay fishery fees and to help with therapeutic fishing sessions.

Councillors John Patrinos, Frank Beiderman, Andrea Davis, Jackie Flynn, Dick Jones, Ian Roome, John Moore, John Mathews, Brian Moores, Geoff Fowler, Caroline Chugg, Walter White, Joe Tucker, Jasmine Chesters and Richard Edgell all used their individual grants for the scheme.

Secretary for South West Fishing for Life, Gillian Payne, said: “We would like to thank the councillors who have contributed funds to help us start group number nine.

“The fly fishing sessions are free to all people who are suffering, recovering or living with breast cancer.

“Qualified coaches give their time as do all the volunteers, to teach the members how to fish.

“It is a special me time for the members to relax, have fun, move on with their lives and laugh again.”

READ MORE: Monthly fishing group set up for breast cancer patients in North Devon.

Each North Devon councillor has £1,000 to support projects or services run by community of voluntary groups and not for profit organisations each year.

NDC’s executive member for health and wellbeing, Councillor Dick Jones, said: “I’m pleased to have contributed to the grant awarded to South West Fishing for Life to help towards the equipment and free sessions they provide.

“Our Community Councillor Grant scheme is a great opportunity to provide groups and organisations within the district with a funding boost for the valuable work that they do which means so much to our communities.”

For more information about community grants, visit the
North Devon Council website.

For more information about South West Fishing for Life visit their website.