‘What do fly fishing and breast cancer have in common?’ sounds like an odd riddle indeed, but the answer is the Casting for Recovery charity.
This charity, now in its seventh year, offers women who have had breast cancer a chance to chill out in the countryside for a couple of days while learning how to fly fish.
Yes, it still sounds odd, but think about it. Fly fishing is just the sort of gentle exercise that women who have had this form of cancer is perfect for, and often you’d need to get your head together and there’s no better place to do that than sitting by a river.
Counselling is also provided on the retreats, as is all accommodation, meals, and professional fishing instruction. They even supply you with the right clothes.
Any woman who has experienced breast cancer is eligible to apply to attend (with medical clearance from their doctor), and the retreats take place over two and a half days at four venues, one in the UK, one in Scotland, one in Northern Ireland and the other in the Republic of Ireland.
“The whole team is excited to be returning to four fantastic venues,” said programme coordinator Sue Hunter. “A warm welcome awaits the many brave ladies we hope to introduce to Casting for Recovery’s special brand of therapy.”
Places on the retreats are allocated by ballot and are subject to medical clearance.