Angling Trust

Benwick Sports give the Angling Trust their backing and a whole lot more!

Top independent tackle retailers and match specialist Benwick Sports have recently signed up as Retail Associate members of the Angling Trust and donated nearly 100 brand new rods along with reels and floats to the Trust.

Benwick Sports have been trading for over 35 years and their tackle shop near Ely in the heart of Cambridgeshire is an absolute ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ for anglers, with an amazing range of stock including many hard-to-find items that other shops don’t sell.

In recent years their online store has become increasingly busy due to their brilliant service and huge range. Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO, and John Cheyne, our Marketing, Communications & Membership Manager, were delighted when Adrian Crane, the man behind Benwick’s success, invited them to the shop for a chat.

Talking about his decision to sign his business up as members and to donate the large quantity of tackle, Adrian commented:

“The Angling Trust have done a great job over the last few years, which has benefited me individually as an angler and our business, especially during lockdown where their lobbying to parliament helped us to stay fishing when other sports were not so proactive and were unable to carry on like angling.

“Therefore, when we needed to pass on some excess stock the Angling Trust were the best organisation I could think of who could distribute the items to worthy angling causes to best effect. I can trust that they will do the best with the items we passed on to them safe in the knowledge that lots of people will benefit.”

John Cheyne said:

“It was brilliant to get the chance to sit down with Adrian and discuss the needs of an independent tackle shop like his, that has grown so much over the years and continues to expand. Local tackle shops are so important to anglers, so to feel that the Angling Trust has helped them prosper through a difficult period is absolutely fantastic.

“As a Retail Associate, Benwick Sports will now be selling our Anglers Against Pollution badge and sticker packs, so they will be helping to promote our essential work every time a customer walks in. The donation of rods and reels is a fantastic opportunity for us to get tackle to those that need it most via our participation team. We will be working with various groups across the country to ensure it is used to help people with mental health issues, encourage diverse community groups to discover the joys of angling and to get more young people to try fishing for the first time.”

If you are a tackle retailer and would like to know more about becoming a Retail Associate member of the Angling Trust then please call Emma Jenks on 07495 122503 or visit our web page.

Anglers Against Pollution badge and sticker packs can be obtained online from Benwick Sports here.

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