A BURTON based fishing group has helped raise more than £8,000 to provide water in African villages.
FISH2013 (Fishing in Safe Hands) attended the corporate event at Blithfield Reservoir, held to raise money for Water Aid.
It was organised by South Staffs Water who own Blithfield Reservoir and businesses paid for members of their staff to fish for the day on Blithfield.
Many of the staff were novices in pairs in each boat.
Each boat had a gillie (a coach) to help the novices catch fish. FISH2013 provided three gillies – John Anderson, Gerald Sargent and Jez King
The fish caught were weighed at the end of the day and there was a presentation dinner in the evening at Blithfield Sailing Club.
John Anderson said: “A total of £8,500 was raised during the day which will pay for around eight African villages to have a water supply.
“All food and drink was paid for by sponsors.
“Jez won the top gillie award. He works nights and missed a days sleep for the event. He left to go to work so his trophy was collected by Gerald Sargent.”