Memorial fishing match at Pode Hole

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A friendly fishing match at Pode Hole held in memory of Tim Lewis reeled in a couple of big catches.

Janet Lewis, of High Road, Moulton, organised the friendly at Lake Ross for 18 people in memory of husband Tim, who died last April aged 67.

Janet, who says Tim “lived for his fishing”, is still recovering from the shock of his death just days after going into hospital.

She said: “He was in the Pilgrim a week and they told me he had two days to live. He didn’t know he had cancer. It was a huge shock. I can’t believe it still.”

Pilgrim Hospital were going to send Tim home, but managed to arrange for him to spend his final two days at the Butterfly Hospice at Boston.

In thanks for his care, Janet gave the £440.83 raised from the match to the hospice.

That wasn’t the only ‘whopper’ from the day though, because Matt Arnold emerged the winner of the match, pulling out a day‘s haul that Janet says weighed 148lb.

Phil Bailey presented the winner’s trophy to Phil.

Janet, who organised the day together with friend Phil Bailey, says it was the first fishing match she had organised, but she plans to make it an annual event.

She expressed thanks to everyone who took part and Sue and Bill Mann from Lake Ross, who allowed the match to take place at the lake without charge.

Laura Slayven, from the Butterfly Hospice, said: “Janet organised the day to great success. We would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Janet as well as Sue and Bill Mann from Lake Ross.

“Congratulations to the worthy winner of the day, Matt Arnold. Finally, a whopper of a thank you to all the competitors who supported the event.”

Janet has two grown up sons and two grandchildren.