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Friday June 19, 2020

Jack’s Scottish Kayak Tour: Supporting the Fishermen’s Mission

Fishing is an often dangerous and financially precarious occupation. For almost 140 years the Fishermen’s Mission have provided financial and pastoral support for the UK’s fishermen and their families. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic they have provided invaluable support for fishers across the country.

Now, Jack Gatacre wants to give something back. In honour, of his girlfriend’s father, a retired fisherman from Pittenweem, Fife, he is kayaking almost 700 miles around the southern half of Scotland to raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission.

Starting on the 1st of August in the fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife, Jack will travel past Edinburgh along the Firth of Forth, then taking the Forth & Clyde canal past Glasgow, into the Clyde and then round the Mull of Kintyre, Arran, Jura, Mull, Fort William and into the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness before returning to the North Sea at Inverness passing Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

To help Jack on his fundraising mission the Fishmongers’ Company’s Fisheries Charitable Trust have provided grant funding to enable him to purchase essential equipment for the gruelling trip and support him in raising as much money as possible for the Fishermen’s Mission.

I am very grateful to the Fishmongers’ Company for their great support in my charitable lap of Scotland for the Fishermen’s Mission. Firstly the Company has very generously already given me a grant towards the cost of the trip. I have spent this money on very useful and costly safety items including a VHF radio, personal locator beacon, , top of the range tent and bivy, modern buoyancy aid and wetsuit. Our aims are aligned: raising as much money as possible for the Fishermen’s Mission and having an enjoyable and safe expedition to attract charitable funds.

Jack outlining his gratitude for the support shown by the Company

To sponsor Jack and provide the Fishermen’s Mission with much needed funds, click here.

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