Shropshire store sales consultant hooks cash for charity

A Shropshire man has used his fishing line to hook a wad of cash for charity during a carping competition.

John Drinkwater, who works as a sales consultant at Alan Ward, Shropshire’s largest furniture department store, took part in a competition with Carping4Charity and staff at the store doubled the amount he raised in donations to £460.

The competition took place in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Mr Drinkwater was with a group from JK Angling, who caught eight fish, and raised £2,000 for the Oncology Unit at Northampton General Hospital, Favell House Northampton (MS) and Make A Wish Foundation UK.

They came fourth in the competition, which was based on the weight of the fish, out of 18 groups.

 “It was a lot of fun,” said Mr Drinkwater, aged 61. “I really enjoyed fishing with other anglers and making my hobby into a more productive pastime by also raising money for charity.

“It’s definitely something I’d like to do again and I’m really proud of our catch.”

Mr Drinkwater has worked in the flooring department at Alan Ward for six years.

Kathy Lesser, marketing manager at Alan Ward, said employees are encouraged to raise money for charity.

“As a community-minded business, we are always looking to support the work of a variety of charities.

“It’s something we are very keen to do and we enjoy working with a number of charities across Shropshire and beyond.

“Mr Drinkwater came to us with his idea to raise money through Carping4Charity and we were happy to support him.”

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