A PRINTER whose life has been touched by cancer held a charity fishing competition for a Worthing support group.
The fishing competition was held at Passies Pond, on Church Farm, in Coombes, last Saturday in aid of Butterflies breast cancer support group, which meets at East Worthing Community Centre, in Pages Lane.
Ron Short, who owns the specialist printing company Beagle Press, in Orchard Way, Fontwell, was told he had prostate cancer four years ago, while his wife, Lyn, was diagnosed with breast cancer last February.
Following treatment, both Ron’s and his wife’s cancer is currently in remission.
But the 63-year-old, from Dell Drive, Angmering, said he was left “without words” to describe his gratitude for those who treated him and his wife.
He said: “It was something I really wanted to do. I thought ‘let’s do something, and give back’. We can’t thank Worthing Hospital and all the people who helped look after my wife and me enough.
“There’s not a day, week going by that you don’t hear of someone getting cancer. But the work they do to get you better – it’s difficult to come up with the words. If people get an early diagnosis, we’ve all got a better chance at fighting this horrible disease.”
On the day, the competition and the first prize of £150 was won by Eddie Green, who caught 103lbs 14 oz of fish, made up of carp and silver fish.
In second place, winning, angling equipment, was Steve Peacock.
The competition has already raised an impressive £1,000, after sponsorship and donations meant the full ticket cost of £20 would go directly to Butterflies.
But Ron plans to keep donations for the event open until the end of the year to ensure the most money is donated to Butterflies.
Ron said: “When my wife was getting treatment it was obvious how much pressure the nurses were under. I offered to help, but obviously I couldn’t do anything because I’m not trained. I thought, I like my fishing and I’m going to do something to help them out.”
The main sponsors of the event were Wilf Page Charity Supper, Beagles Press, which Ron owns, and Arun Angling.
Ron added: “I’d like to thank Adam Tester and Steve Simmonds for helping make the day a success as stewards.”