We had a wonderful evening at the Royal Hospital Chelsea last night for a fundraiser for The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s Casting for Recovery fly fishing programme for ladies with breast cancer, its sister project Fishing 4 Schools which provides short fishing courses for youngsters and the Angling Trust‘s Save our Salmon conservation campaign.

Martin Salter of the Angling Trust gave the keynote address in which he praised the way fishing can change lives and give confidence and delight to so many people. Here joined Sue Shaw of Casting for Recovery at the dinner and Charles Jardine who runs Fishing 4 Schools, gave an impressive casting display on the lawns before supper, applauded by the iconic Chelsea Pensioners who came along to share their fishing stories with us. Thanks to everyone who came along to the evening – every penny made will be put straight into our projects and will make a huge difference.

View photos by Niels van Gijn (www.nielsphoto.com)