Joe Way Paddle

Press Release 2019

Newquay charity Paddle shares out over £8,200.00

The twelve Joe Way Paddle for Life got underway with a spectacular scene, as four skydivers from Cornwall Skydive jumped from a plane at just 4,000ft, landing on a surfboard on Towan beach setting a record. There were gasps and cheers from the crowd of over 1000 including 400 who entered the Paddle for Life this year who were also treated to a flyby from the Cornwall parachute clubs plane along with the air ambulance, so the crowds were more than entertained.

Local boy Joe, was born with a rare genetic condition called Angelman’s Syndrome and died on the 7th May 2008 aged 4. He had been labelled a miracle boy after surviving meningitis, a potentially deadly skin reaction SJS and survived numerous superbugs. He sadly died of complete organ failure after suffering from Steven Johnson Syndrome for a second time.

The Joe Way Paddle for Life is in partnership with Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club and Surf Life Saving Cornwall and at this year’s event raised a record £8,200.00. This was a combined effort of money raised from the paddlers entry money, food stalls, drink sales at the rowing club, prize draw raffle, sponsorship and local charities along with Surf Life Saving Clubs sell prize draw tickets leading up to the event.

The groups which benefited from the day included a number of surf lifesaving clubs – Lusty, Newquay, Hayle and Cornwall with the following local, regional and international causes, close to the heart of Matt and Claire also receiving donations: Cornwall Air Ambulance, Wave Slaves, Children’s Hospice SW, Purple Angels, DISC, Cornwall Blood Bikes, Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal, Ronald McDonald House, Bowel Cancer West, Soul Food Kitchen, Wells for Garna and Newquay Marine Group.

Matt Joe’s Dad and event Director said “Everyone did so well to raise this amount of money which will help so many people, there are still some funds being held by Newquay Towan Blystra Lions so if you have a good cause that needs supporting then please contact the Lions to apply for a donation”.

The paddle relay was won by Newquay Surf Life saving Club and, with 14 teams taking part, it was the fiercest competition to date.

This years highest fundraiser award went to Truro Lions for raising over £1000 on the burger van and the inspirational paddler surfboard trophy was won by wave slaves who sold the most raffle tickets and entered nearly 60 paddlers.

The Paddle event has a lot of local business support and great raffle prizes. The Way family would to thank the following people: Newquay Surf Life Saving, Lusty Surf Life Saving, Perran Signs, P&J Print, The Garage Co, Hutton hire, Southwest Hire, Skinners Ales, The Rowing Club, Bookers of Newquay, Truro Lions, Millstone Sound, Beach safety team, Frontline security, Purple gecko events, in safe hands, Newquay Activity Centre, Newquay Harbour Sports, Harbour Master, Coastal Crepes, Newquay fisherman, Skindog surfboards, Howdens, Start & Co, Biffa Waste, Landal Gwel an Mor, Radio Newquay, Checkered Photography, Light Colour Sound and Doug Hinge who helped and supported the event.

To see what happened at this year’s Joe Way Paddle for life and get up to date news go to


This entry was posted on Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 12:47 pm and is filed under Events. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.