Rochdale News | News Headlines | Castleton magnet fisher hosts 24-hour global event and raises £2,000 for Help for Heroes
Date published: August 28, 2022
Castleton magnetic fisherman Scott Bryant raised over £2,000 for Help for Heroes with a 24-hour global fishathon last month.
Scott and his Patriot Magnets team staged a 24-hour session on the Birmingham Canal, using a magnet with a 2,000kg pulling force to find new treasure.
It took over 12 months to organize the July 16-17 event following the success of Scott’s 24-hour magnet fishing event in Manchester last year.
Scott was again sponsored by Magnet Store and together they contacted international magnet companies Brute Magnetics (USA) and Magnetar (Netherlands) to see if they would like to get involved and meet magnet anglers of their region.
Scott explained: “We all agreed on a simultaneous magnet fishing date and the plan was that I was going to do the full 24 hour aspect here in the UK and they were going to hold their events or meet some magnet fishermen in their country so that we are all simultaneously magnet fishing at exactly the same time in different parts of the world.
Each company and each country has chosen its own charities. Scott chose Help for Heroes, which he previously supported, while Brute Magnetics chose the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (which helps build homes or pay mortgages for families of those killed in the line of duty, at home or abroad).
Magnetar chose CliniClowns (a charity for sick children, disabled children and people with dementia) and Canadian YouTuber Jeremiah Bowes chose to raise money for the Royal Canadian Legion (the largest organization supporting veterans and of community services in Canada).
“We asked on social media if any other countries would be interested in doing the day and we were blown away by the response. All countries involved were now the UK, USA and Canada, Netherlands- Bas, Germany, Albania, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, Australia, Switzerland and Sweden,” Scott added.
Scott raised £2,043.25 for Help for Heroes, removing over a tonne of scrap metal from the canal in front of around 95 spectators. Jeremiah raised over $2,000 CAD for his cause (around £1,306) and Magnetar raised €2,036.40 for CliniClowns (around £1,716).
He concluded: “Overall it was very successful and a world first again. We are looking to organize a global magnet fishing event and an annual day for magnet fishing. I couldn’t have done this without all of the above and we as a team accomplished this.
Scott started the unusual hobby of magnet fishing in late 2018, after his stepson introduced him to the activity. He discovered treasures among jewels, safes, weapons and medals at the bottom of the canals – and even managed to find and reunite some of the items with their original owners.