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Angler nets Lotto grant

PUBLISHED: 18:31 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

A CHARITY for disabled anglers has won a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.

A CHARITY for disabled anglers has won a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Paddy's Angling Disabled Support Group, based in Bexleyheath, won enough money to pay for a car and equipment for fishing trips.

Paddy Timms, a 71-year-old former caretaker of St Columba's School, set up the charity in March 2007 after finding that disabled people were being overlooked by fishing centres.

Mr Timms, who suffers from crumbling bones, said: "Fishing is a great sport, but when you go around fisheries you find they have limited disabled access.

"People in wheelchairs need stable access to the lakes and without that they are sidelined immediately. That's just not on."

The grant will allow the group to expand beyond its current 10 members and take more groups to lakes in the Kent area.

Mr Timms of Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, is currently looking for a company to sponsor the charity's fishing events over the next five years.

For more information call 020 8311 8178 or email barnowl150@hotmail.com.

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