Gnomes help to raise more than £3,000 for good causes

Anglers taking part in the charity fishing competition at The Elms Caravan Park

Anglers taking part in the charity fishing competition at The Elms Caravan Park

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Anglers swapped their usual gear to dress up as gnomes for a charity fishing match.

Participants took to their toadstools to cast off in the competition at The Elms Caravan Park, Addlethorpe.

Cheque presentation at The Elms Caravan Park to Skegness Hospital Watch and Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Photo: Barry Robinson

Cheque presentation at The Elms Caravan Park to Skegness Hospital Watch and Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Photo: Barry Robinson

The catch of the day, £3165 was donated to two good causes the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and Skegness Hospital Watch.

The competition and hog roast were organised by the caravan park owners who also donated prizes to the winners.

More than 300 people attended the hog roast and 38 anglers took part in the fishing match, many in fancy dress

Cheques were presented to both causes last week at the caravan park on Orby Road.

Skegness Hospital Watch will be donating the money to the stroke unit at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston and to provide two defibrillators in the Ingoldells area.

The group has raised a total of £2,400 for the stroke unit which will provide IT equipment and electronic notepads to the medical team.

Hospital Watch campaign manager Geoff Poulter said: “The day was very well organised and enjoyed by all.

“The anglers were dressed as gnomes which was very funny.

“I would like to thank everyone at the Elms Caravan Park for the money they have given us.

“We are very grateful for the help they have provided and I am sure the people of Skegness are too.

“I am full of admiration for what they have done and the effort put in and it shows how far they go to give support to these types of charities and I hope it can continue.

He added: “Some of the money will be given to the stroke unit at Pilgrim Hospital and the rest for two defibrillators in the Ingoldmells area. Hopefully we will get those as soon as possible.”

“The hospital was struggling to fund the IT equipment and electronic notepads for nurses to use.

“This will speed up test results and help the situation quite a bit.

“The staff on the unit were over the moon when we offered the extra cash.”

Peter Aldrick, CEO of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance said: “The money raised by the recent Elms Caravan Park fishing event is a wonderful example of the incredibly fun and generous things people do throughout the two counties, which our air ambulance supports.

He added: “If it wasn’t for such fantastic feats by our local communities, we simply couldn’t fly. And if we couldn’t fly, we couldn’t save the hundreds of lives we do every year. We’re very grateful.”

The winners of the match were Mr S. Brimson weighing in 21.5 lbs of fish and Mr P. Peabody with 44.1lb.

The best dressed gnomes were won by Martin Smith and Mr and Mrs Neesom.

A raffle was held with the majority of prizes donated by patrons along with a bingo game following the fishing competition.

Supporters also assisted onsite throughout the day selling raffle tickets.