Tedworth House is one of four Recovery Centres run by Help for Heroes, which forms part of the Defence Recovery Capability. Tedworth House aims to inspire the wounded, injured and sick and returning veterans to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives, which will enable them to reach their full potential and to support them and their families for life. It is a place of opportunities providing education, training, sport and adventure in a relaxed, understanding and caring environment. State of the art facilities and dedicated staff aid the road to recovery.

Aardvark McLeod have helped to run fishing days with Tedworth House recovery centre in association with Fishing for Forces and Salisbury and District Angling Club. We have seen great success on these days with many veterans joining us on the river and lake banks. It is increasingly being proven that fishing, in all types, offers great therapy and support for an all manner of people including breast cancer recovers to disengaged children.

On Thursday 23rd May we welcomed a group of veterans to Ratfyn Lake near Amesbury, the group consisted of some seasoned anglers and other first-timers. We had a day of mixed weather but on the whole it stayed dry and after a brief demonstration from our own Alex Jardine before each veteran paired up with a mentor and headed off to catch a fish or two. Everybody fished well and success shortly followed with rods hooped over and smiling faces all around the lake. A great barbecue lunch cooked by Chris and Chrissy saw everybody well fed with food kindly supplied by Billy Baxter’s Butchers in Shrewton. After lunch the veterans continued to show us all how to catch fish.

A huge thank you must go to the mentors from SADAC and the Hampshire Salmon & Trout Association, to Roger Hunt for his great organising of the event, Steve Trevett for the preparation of the fishery, and also Tony Richards & Graham Waterton who contacted us to help out on the day.

We look forward to our next time on the water with the team from Tedworth House.

For more information on how you can help with these days please contact Peter McLeod at +44 (0) 1980 847389.