Ian Darler raises over £2,000 in aid of CPSL Mind during charity Fish-Off…

The Fish Off

United's Stadium Manager and Head Groundsman, Ian Darler, completed a total of 10 hours of fishing in his Charity Fish-Off challenge, raising over £2000 for CPSL Mind...

The Fish-Off was set by Kev Johnson of CB Groundworks as an additional challenge to supplement funds raised from the Berlin Walk. The aim was to catch 200lbs of fish with sponsors A.R Aspinall & Son, Rocket, D.C. Carpets and CCFR agreeing to pay £2 for every pound of fish caught, or £2,000 if 200lbs was secured.

The event was held at Rookery Waters, with the challenge taking place between 8am and 6pm. After 10 hours on the dock, Ian’s total weight came out at 204lbs 6oz, which meant he secured full funding from his sponsors, with the total raised from both the Berlin Walk and Fish-Off to £6595.

Ian said, "When you look at the situation, it is estimated that one in four people are struggling with their mental health, you need to support various charities that are trying to help people and I knew that every pound of fish I caught would aid that."

Gary Sutcliffe at CSPL Mind added, "We are so grateful to Ian and thrilled by his fundraising efforts to support our vital work.

"From 10 hours non-stop fishing to walking nearly 700 miles, his marathon efforts are raising thousands of pounds which will support, develop and grow our mental health services to support local residents across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire. 

"Not only that, but he is also sparking important conversations around looking after your mental health and looking out for each other – thank you so much Ian."

"We are so grateful to Ian and thrilled by his fundraising efforts to support our vital work."
Gary Sutcliffe CPSL Mind Fundraising and Communications Manager

We would like to thank James German and Alex Bates at Rookery Waters on behalf of Ian for allowing him to use their venue and for hosting the event. 

Join Ian Darler as he concludes his walk to Berlin on Saturday 6 July. The walk will take place at 9:45am from the Cledara Abbey Stadium, with parking available from 9:15am.