Spear a Day for Fishing? BRITISH CHAMP JOINS FORCES WITH TEES MUM TO RAISE CASH AND AWARENESS FOR BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), August 17, 2017 | Go to article overview

Spear a Day for Fishing? BRITISH CHAMP JOINS FORCES WITH TEES MUM TO RAISE CASH AND AWARENESS FOR BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY


Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

A BRITISH spearfishing champion and a Redcar mum are hooking up to raise funds and awareness for brain tumour reasearch.

On Saturday, Redcar will host the North Eastern Open Spearfishing Competition - the first time our coastline has hosted a championship event since the 1970s.

It's the idea of Marton resident Mike Bradshaw, 63, who's been spearfishing since he was a schoolboy and is president of the British Spearfishing Association.

Earlier this year, Mike was diagnosed with a malignant and virulent brain tumour, leaving him needing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and, on his 63rd birthday, surgery to remove most of it.

Through Brain Tumour Research UK, he got in touch with Redcar mum Mel Hennessy who, as reported, is living with three brain tumours of her own.

Both wanted to do something to raise funds and awareness for the charity - and Saturday's spearfishing event is the result.

In the sport, competitors hold their breath and dive beneath the sea surface to spear fish rather than land them with nets or rods. And while Mike admits the cold North Sea isn't among the more exotic locations for spearfishing, dozens of competitors from across the country are expected to take part, catching cod, pollock, coley, conga eels, plaice, sole and turbot.

He said: "I've found the diving quite good up here - not too deep and with plenty of reefs to fish around. …

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