Anyone who has had – or is having – treatment for breast cancer can join the group and try their hand at fly fishing.

A new monthly fly fishing group has started up for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment.

South West Fishing for Life held its first meet at Blakewell Fisheries yesterday (Wednesday).

Founder Gillian Payne said she first had the idea for the group nine years ago.

She said: "You build up friendships and support each other.

"It helps just to be around other people going through the same thing, and to know you're all moving on in life."

Jane Whalley, trainee assistant practioner at the Seamoor Unit, helped to put the group together.

She said: "I was doing an assignment for my practioner course when I read about how fly fishing was good for patients who had breast or lymph node surgery.

"I found out about South West Fishing For Life and helped set a group up here."

The group meet every first Wednesday of the month at Blakewell.

Find out more at or by calling Gillian on 01398 371244.