The first Casting for Recovery retreat of 2017 was filled with tight lines and laughter at the Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa in North Yorkshire at the weekend as 14 ladies who have (or have had) breast cancer participated in our body and mind therapy programme.
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Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland (CfR) is a free retreat programme for ladies who have (or have had) breast cancer. We use counselling, medical support and fly fishing to great effect as a holistic body and mind outdoor therapy. We are lucky enough to draw on the skills of some of the top people in cancer nursing, counselling and fly fishing to volunteer on retreat and to support our lady participants through a fun and energising experience.
Keith Passant, a fly fisherman and gentleman who has been involved in Casting for Recovery for many years, has written an excellent piece on the project for the fishing website "Eat, Sleep, Fish". The piece is extremely informative on our history, strong on the benefits of the programme and hopeful for a bright future for us.
A massive THANK YOU to Andy at Total Flyfisher
Our thanks go to the Sussex Fly Dressers Guild for presenting Casting for Recovery with a cheque for £500. The project's Director, Jill Grieve, went to the Guild's monthly meeting in Brighton to collect the cheque and to thank the Guild for their generosity.
The Spring 2017 Countryside Alliance magazine features a spread of Casting for Recovery volunteers Vee, Lottie and Tina. Vee is a casting instructor and talks about her role, Lottie is a nurse who talks about the medical support and advice given to ladies on retreat and counsellor Tina talks about the shared experiences of breast cancer and fly fishing that really bring ladies together at one of our beautiful venues.