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Crabbing competition nets more than £500 for charity

Monday, 23 June 2014

Around 100 youngsters and their families gathered in Warsash for the sixth annual crabbing competition and raised £504 for the charity Meningitis Now.

The jetty behind the River Hamble Harbour Master's office in the village was the venue for the event, organised by Hampshire County Council Harbour Master's staff. Children were invited to put their crab catching skills to the test to win prizes and there was a prize for the highest number of crustaceans caught. All crabs caught were released back into the water.

Reuben Weal, aged eight, from Swanwick, was crowned overall winner on Saturday 14 June, for the second year in a row, netting 62 crabs.

A different charity is chosen each year which is either local or a charity chosen by someone in the community. This year Meningitis Now was picked for a special reason.

Wendy Stowe, the Harbour Authority's Deputy Harbour Master & Harbour Operations Manager, explained: "This year we chose Meningitis Now because a mum in the village recently lost her two week old baby to the disease and asked if we would raise funds for her charity, which we were of course happy to do. Over the last six years we have raised more than £3,000 for various charities. This is achieved by entry fees but also selling teas and cakes on the day. The staff at the Harbour Office donate their time to help facilitate the event and provide the cakes to be sold. It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves on what was a beautiful day and I would like to thank all those who either helped or took part."

Councillor Keith Evans, Chairman of Hampshire County Council's River Hamble Harbour Board, said: "This is a really good local event which the County Council's Harbour Authority staff put a great deal of their own time and effort in to organising. It has the solid support of the local community and raises funds for good causes. I am pleased their efforts this year were rewarded with such a high turn out of participants."

The River Hamble Harbour Authority is managed by Hampshire County Council for the benefit of all river users. Ensuring that this major centre for recreational boating and nature enthusiasts is as safe as possible is a key priority, as are the protection of the River's fragile environment, management of moorings (on behalf of The Crown Estate) and the provision of navigation marks and lights.

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