A fishing match in memory of a well-known King’s Lynn angler has swelled the coffers of the Neurosciences critical care unit, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.
Gareth Rogers, supported by his brothers and sisters Peter, Richard, Megan, Jenna and Tarly, held the match to remember their dad, Peter (Copper) Rogers, who was a kind family man and popular angler.
More than 70 people took part in the match at Dents Fishery in Hilgay, which raised more than £750 with the help of an auction and a raffle.
The family are set to hand over the money to the unit where their dad passed away, aged 55, after suffering with an infection of the brain.
Megan Rogers said: “The care dad received at Addenbrooke’s was second-to-none and the staff there made a very difficult time in our lives a bearable one.
“They helped us so much. They were very understanding and took time to explain everything.
“To help the hospital care for another family like ours, my brother Gavin decided to organise the fishing match.”
Peter, who also left a wife Susan, loved his angling and was a season ticket holder at Shepherd’s Port in Snettisham.
He also worked as a machine minder at M & S Softwood, in Estuary Road, up until his death in January of this year.
“His illness came on all of a sudden,” said Megan.
“He went from being fit and fighting well one day, to having no faculties in the space of a few days. It was also so quick and he was in Addenbrooke’s for a week.”
On his passion for fishing, Megan added: “We all used to go fishing with dad when we were younger and both Gareth and Richard ended up getting hooked on it.
“He ended up teaching up three of my brothers to fish. If you ever asked him what he wanted for Christmas he would reply ‘time to go fishing’.