Catch Of The Day

National charity, the Fishermen’s Mission, is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new fundraising initiative, its ‘Catch of the Day’ online auction.

This involves a range of national artists and celebrities including Fern Britton, Louis Walsh, Caroline Quentin and Jonathan Dimbleby among others, giving up their time to paint a ceramic sculpture in the shape of a fish. The ‘Catch of the Day’ sculpture stands around 40cm high and 30cm wide, perfect dimensions for a coffee table, sideboard or book case!

The auction is now ‘live’ for the public can make their bids and all funds generated will help underpin the Fishermen’s Mission’s work supporting active and retired fishermen and their families.  For every £1 raised from the sale of a ‘Catch of the Day’ fish, 88p will be spent on delivering emergency and welfare care to fishing families most in need.

We now have nearly 100 artists and celebrities who have agreed to paint or adorn a fish, glaze it and then return it to the Fishermen’s Mission HQ. Each completed fish will be individually photographed and displayed on a special auction page on The Fishermen’s Mission website in late May 2019.

Find out more about the auction by visiting the site

The artists who have agreed to come on board are recognised locally and nationally, have exhibited in galleries and have a good online presence including social media.

From the beginning of March to the end of April, we will be displaying as many of the completed fish as possible, in prominent, reputable establishments all over the UK such as restaurants and community venues, where the fish can receive maximum exposure in order to ensure the success of the online auction.

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Presenter and author, Fern Britton, told us about why she got involved:

“I decided to wrap my fish in newspaper to remind me of my childhood when I would queue on a Friday night after Judo (yes Judo) to collect a newspaper-wrapped portion of juicy cod and chips. The heat of the fish on the inky paper added to the fragrance of my supper.

When I was approached by the Fishermen’s Mission about ‘Catch of the Day’ I just knew I had to be part of this unique campaign – not only to raise money, but also to create national awareness of the everyday challenges and dangers our UK fishermen regularly face to get fish on our plate.”