Two local youngsters have won awards for their efforts at this year’s Joe Way Paddle for life.
The awards have been crafted by Newquay surfer Dave Hughes from south Fistral Surf Hire who has helped the charity and has had the highest fundraiser trophy named after his brother who passed away last year. Dave has also made two huge mirrors which have been auctioned off at the last two paddles collectively raising £850.
The “Brother Beef” award, in memory of Dave’s older brother Steve who was also disabled, has gone to young local lad Kian Radford who raised over £310.00 on his Just Giving page for the Precious Lives Appeal. Kian saw one of Joe’s banners and asked his mum to explain Joe’s story and he immediately wanted to help. Kian has learnt to surf at the SKINDOG surf school under the watchful eye of Sophie Skinner and he recently picked his SKINPUP custom board by charity Ambassador Ben Skinner.
The second award, for most inspirational paddler, has been made in memory of Scott’s sister Cheryl Dickinson who sadly passed away aged 9 from Cystic Fibrosis many years ago. Scott Dickinson is the Paddle media and web designer.
A very nervous Holly Wignall, aged 8, paddled the 200 meter event for the Newquay Life Saving Club and completed the course in high spirits.
NLSC, who have supported the Paddle every year, also handed over a cheque for £450.00. Half will be donated to the Precious Lives Appeal and half going back into the club.
Matt Way said, “The awards are a way to recognize people within the event and it has also been an opportunity to remember the loved one’s of those that make Joe’s event happen. This was not something they asked for and it was a real privilege when the guys agreed to put their loved ones names to the awards”.
The Joe Way team would like to thank Dave for making the awards and mirrors, Mid Cornwall Fabricators for providing the trophy plates and Paul from Modern Engravers who engraved the awards and also provided the Joe Way memorial cup at the start in 2008.
The awards will stay at the Newquay’s Surf Life Saving Club and then will be passed on to the following years winners. This years Joe Way memorial cup was won by the RNLI lifeguard team from Crantock beach winning the trophy from North Fistral’s lifeguards who won last year.