‘Castaway’ – Finding Wellbeing Through Fishing After Cancer

30 September 2021

Castaway is a new, free programme which supports men and women affected by all types of cancer, of all ages, to improve their physical and mental health through ongoing engagement with fishing and the countryside. 

Castaway’s one-day fishing programme caters for those who have finished treatment and offers an introduction to fishing, and the wellbeing benefits of the Countryside, in a fun and supportive environment.

The programme has a local and community focus, introducing participants to the wellbeing benefits of the countryside. As well as fishing this includes healthy eating, local produce and community activities, whilst sharing experiences and making new friends.

The project is the brainchild of Charlotte Weston, an oncology nurse who, having volunteered for The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s (TCAF) Casting for Recovery project for women with breast cancer, was impressed by fishing’s healing powers. When she moved from breast nursing to working with a wider group of patients with a range of diagnoses, she approached TCAF’s Charles Jardine and Jill Grieve with a view to running a similar therapeutic project. 

The project takes adults with cancer and offers them a day at a fishing centre, where they can learn fly fishing, make new friends and enjoy a day at the water’s edge – an impossible thought when they were in treatment.

Charlotte Weston said: “Having witnessed first-hand the way fishing can give people their sparkle back, and maybe even introduce them to a new interest for life, it made sense to me that fishing therapy can work across many different age groups in offering some peace, calm and a way back from illness’

Events are planned across the country for 2022.

For more information, get involved, or sign up to the newsletter, please contact Lottie Weston or Catrin Robinson via email: info@ca-foundation.org