DISABLED anglers in the Aldershot area are trying to net £25,000 in a bid to build their own fishing lake.

The Wey Valley Disabled Anglers' Association, which launched the fund three years ago, has so far raised about £11,000.

Now the association's 70 members hope that local companies and well-wishers will chip in to reach the target figure.

David Phillips, association secretary, said: "We need a big boost or else raising the money is going to take forever.

"At present we are relying on car boot sales and that sort of thing. These events are fine, but they don't bring in big sums at any one time."

He said that, as soon as they reached their target, then the National Lottery would be asked to contribute a similar sum.

The money will be used to build a fishing venue with suitable access and other facilities for disabled anglers.

Able bodied people would also be able to fish in the lake which would be situated within a 10-mile radius of Aldershot.

"Angling is an excellent sport for disabled people," said Mr Phillips, of Tices Meadow, Aldershot.

And he should know. He has been paralysed from the waist down since being involved in a car accident 25 years ago, when he was aged 27.

But he has continued to enjoy his hobby, fishing up to three days a week, with one of his biggest catches being a 20lb carp.

Contributions to the fund raising effort should be sent to Wey Valley Disabled Anglers' Association, 393 Stockbridge Park Drive, Tices Meadow, Aldershot GU11 3RT.