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Aid: Money pours in for stricken fishermen

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

  • Raising funds for fishermen at Sainsbury's, Penzance.

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MONEY to help relieve the plight of Cornwall's beleaguered fishermen is being handed out almost as fast as it is being handed in.

Three weeks ago the Fishermen's Mission issued an urgent appeal for funds to hand out in the form of grants to fishermen who have effectively been without an income for the past three months.

And Keith Dickson, mission superintendent at Newlyn, says he has been "overwhelmed" by the response – not just in terms of donations but also in terms of need.

"It has been amazing," he said. "I can't believe how generous people have been and how much they are concerned about the effects of the storms on the fishing community.

"We have handed out more than 60 grants already in the past three weeks which shows that the need really exists."

Mr Dickson was helping out at two fundraising events over the weekend.

His mission team of bucket collectors gathered £422 at the Cornish Pirates' rugby match on Sunday.

The day before, supporters of the mission and teams from Mounts Bay Fitness, Sainsbury's, the Buccaneers American football team and GEMS Bolitho school packed bags, collected money and took part in a triathlon fitness challenge at Sainsbury's.

The day raised £1,277 – "an amazing total," added Mr Dickson.

Next month, Derek Thomas, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the West Cornwall constituency, is planning to hold a fundraiser on April 23 at the mission in Newlyn.

Mr Thomas said: "I would also like to congratulate Keith Dickson and his team at the mission for the excellent work they are doing to support our local fishermen in these difficult times."

Further details will be posted on his website www.derekthomas.org

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