Making a ‘reel’ difference through fishing

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Fishing is making a reel difference to people with mental health issues in Northumberland.

A fishing group was set up for service users at St George’s Park in Morpeth over three months ago and has made a real difference; building confidence and self-esteem as well as supported rehabilitation.

The hospital is run by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust – which provides mental health and disabilities care – and the fishing group involves service users from Newton Ward.

The group have now been helped with a donation of fishing gear from Shakespeare Fishing in Alnwick.

Clinical Team Leader at Newton Ward, Andy Severs, said: “The fishing group has already helped our service users with their recovery, build their confidence and self-esteem as well as supported their rehabilitation, so this fishing equipment will be appreciated now and in the future.”

The fishing group has been given eight new rods, reels and other fishing paraphernalia.

Dave McCartney from Shakespeare Fishing said: “We at Shakespeare are passionate about grass roots angling and bringing new participants into our sport. When we heard of the fantastic work that the ward does, and combining this with fishing we wanted to support the initiative as much as possible. We hope that the equipment we have donated will help the ward for years to come.”