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Big vote of thanks for Brookhall after ladies enjoy fly fishing retreat

A moment of excitement as a fish is netted during the Casting for Recovery Retreat.THE UK Co-ordinator of an organisation which runs fly fishing retreats for women who have or have had breast cancer has said she 'cannot thank Brookhall Trout Fishery enough' after it hosted one of the events last month.

Sue Fisher of 'Casting for Recovery' said the 14 ladies who took part had been provided with a wonderful experience they would never forget'.

She also said staff at Brookhall "really understood the aims of Casting for Recovery.

The ladies who took part in the Retreat."These ladies have had the perfect 'Casting for Recovery' retreat � where else can you practice your casting with Vietnamese pot bellied pigs rambling past?" she said.

"We will be delighted to come back to Brookhall in 2009 to do it all again," Sue added.

The Brookhall event was the fourth retreat arranged by the organisation and the first to take place in Ireland.

Any woman who has experienced breast cancer is eligible to apply to attend one of the two and-a-half days.

All accommodation, meals, counselling, and professional instruction are provided at no cost to participants due to the financial backing of the Countryside Alliance.

However, the fishing at Brookhall was kindly donated by owners Kenny Ferguson, Cathryne Boyce and Marty Robb.

Trained female medical staff and fly fishing instructors are on hand at all times.

The fishing tackle and appropriate clothing is provided by Orvis UK.

In support of Casting for Recovery s aims the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) donated a substantial number of fish to supplement the already generously stocked water at Brookhall.

The organisers say fly fishing offers proven benefits for recovering breast cancer patients.

The casting action provides the gentle exercise recommended by physiotherapists for joint and soft tissue mobility.

Fly fishing also offers participants a chance to reflect and escape in tranquil surroundings.

Casting for Recovery was founded in the United States in 1996 and has since helped over 3,000 breast cancer survivors.

Ulster Star