Sun shines on the 2014 Joe Way Paddle for life

This years Joe Way Paddle for life was hailed another success after an amazing turn out.

2014 RNLI memorial cup

The original Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral Beach held a Joe Way memorial paddle to raise money for charity in 2008. Joe is the inspirational little boy who touched people’s lives around the country and beyond. His story of hope and fighting against all the odds with a cheeky smile has inspired fundraising in his memory.

The weather had a wet start during the set up but was at its best as the town along with holiday makers turned out in force to support the annual fundraiser. Steel Appeal played on the beach as families enjoyed picnics and watched the action unfold.

This year’s event saw a footfall of over a thousand spectators for the second year running and nearly 400 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m, 1km fun paddle, 1km relays and the RNLI memorial cup to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.

The sunset sessions kicked off with Joe Hurworth playing on the harbour stage, followed by Blue Horyzon and then finishing in the rowing club with The Ten Bob Notes.

Matt Way said “As always the support was huge and after fearing a poor turn out whilst setting up in the rain we had the busiest event to date, I’m sure Joe would be very proud of what has been achieved in his memory”.

The 1km relay was won this year by Newquay surf life saving Boys team and the SUP section was won by the Surf Sanctuary team. The highest fundraiser trophy was won by Newquay SLSC who raised over £1000.00.2014 relay winners NSLSC boys team with beach safety

2014 relay winners NSLSC boys team with beach safety

Once again local businesses and charities ensured the event was run to a high standard and the Way family would like to thank P&J Print, Soundworx, First response GB, Nurture Nursery, Newquay Activity Center, Purple Gecko events, In Safe Hands Training, Perranporth signs, Skindog surfboards, tom butler surfing, Scott Dickinson Creative, Hutton hire, Gould radio, Skinners Ales, Bookers, coastal crepes, Ultra entertainment, Newquay Lions and Leo’s, Sainsbury’s, Golant fire, Newquay and Lustyglaze SLSC, Newquay southwest hire, Frontline Security, Karl Fice-Thompson, Owen Clements, Anton Roberts, Harry Kazam, Newquay’s fishermen, RNLI, Dean Woods, Rowing club, Julia Sharland and the check in team, Sue Butler and Harbour master Graham Aecock-Smith who all supported the event.

The event also had a prize draw and prizes where donated by Lusty Glaze, indo board Europe, Alan Stokes, Funstorm, O’Neill, Surfers Against Sewage and a signed book set from Tessa Hainsworth along with other great prizes.

One of the four surfboards that Alan Stokes donated was won by a Swedish holiday maker Melissa Rowe Zetterström who had visited the harbour after hearing about the event and was thrilled to be taking the signed surfboard home to Sweden.

raffle winner Melissa Rowe Zetterström

raffle winner Melissa Rowe Zetterström

Several charities also joined in at the harbour including Cornwall hospice care, Little Harbour, Wave Project and Surfers against sewage.

The event raised well over £4000.00 with money still coming in which means the overall total for the Joe Way appeal is over £125,000.00 which has been raised over the last six years, you can still donate by going to Joe’s website or pledging on the Crowdfunding page which closes on Wednesday 2nd July at 4.55pm.

Claire Way Joe’s mum said “It was another great family event which really did our little boy proud, we are so lucky to have so much support”.

The winning team of the RNLI relay where the Constantine beach team and the Joe Way memorial cup was retained by North Fistral in a highly competitive battle between the RNLI beach lifeguards.

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