Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland (CfR), the medical fly fishing programme for ladies who have, or have had breast cancer, featured as a special on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme on Monday 27th August at 05:45.
In the programme, presenter Emma Campbell visits a fishing lake in Hampshire to find out how it all works, and talks to some of the women who are catching their first ever fish. Eleven ladies travelled from across the country to attended the retreat, all arriving as strangers but leaving as friends.
CfR’s Sue Shaw explains the origins of CfR and how it works on the simple truth that fly fishing is wonderful therapy for those recovering from breast cancer. Countryside Alliance Chief Executive, Tim Bonner, goes on to explain how CfR is run by The Countryside Alliance Foundation and was set up to increase access to the countryside and to use it for education, fun and healing.
Emma Campbell explains how the CfR programme takes ladies on a two-day residential retreat where fly fishing tuition is part of a packed itinerary that also includes counselling, relaxation and medical advice. The residential retreat aims to help both body and mind with the medical and counselling aspects complimenting the gentle physical therapy of the fly casting motion.
To listen to the special please click here.