by Charlotte Cooper

A fabulous weekend of friendship and fishing was had by the attendees of the final Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland retreat of the year, in Devon

Autumnal weather could not dampen the spirits at the final Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland retreat of 2019, hosted by the Arundell Arms, Lifton Devon (11-13 October)

Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland - the medical fly-fishing programme for ladies who have or have had breast cancer – was last at the beautiful country hotel, which is renowned for its fly-fishing, in 2017.

Organiser Sue Shaw said: “The Arundell Arms Hotel hosted us superbly, especially as due to a last minute change we only gave them three months’ notice. The staff were very attentive and the food was gorgeous!

“We were joined by nine ladies who had travelled from as far away as Derbyshire. It had been raining non-stop for about two weeks before the retreat, but the rain stopped for quite a while over the weekend and we even saw a bit of sunshine. All the ladies managed to hook a fish and some were taken home for supper.”

One of the retreat attendees, Louise from Stafford said: “‘I had many fears and anxieties about coming but you made me feel so welcome throughout the weekend. I am humbled and still very emotional about the positive effect it has had on me.

“It was great to meet the other ladies and hear their stories both of their breast cancer experiences and about their lives in general, some of whom were truly inspirational.”

This was the final of six retreats in 2019 and dates for 2020 will be announced towards the end of November.

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