Actor Ben Richards who has been a long time supporter of the paddle took time out of his holiday in Cornwall to sign some Paddle posters for the prize draw and to get the PR started for the 2015 event.
Ben who beat bowel cancer several years ago and is the patron of Bowl Cancer UK which is one of the many charities supported by the Paddle said; "It's great to be back in Cornwall and we are enjoying our break at Retallack Resort and Spa, this year's Paddle for Life will be the biggest yet with five bands and an estimated four hundred paddlers taking part so make sure you get the 18th June in your diary".
Ben's partner, TV presenter Kirsty Duffy, who is expecting the couple's first baby in March also signed the Paddle posters and will be lending her support again via social media.
Ben had a master class on the Flowrider which they both tried last time they were in Cornwall.
Matt said; “We are grateful for the continued support of Ben and Kirsty as it raises the profile of the event along with the generosity of the Cornish people on a national level and its this sort of support that has helped raise more than £128,000.00 over the last seven years".
“We are the only FREE music gig which is held in the harbour and the paddle is all about the community coming together, celebrating Joe’s story, raising money for over 20 great causes and showcasing the Newquay spirit. As a family we are very proud of how the town has made this event so special”.
The paddling starts at 4pm and the last registration for a heat is 6pm so there is plenty of time to arrive when people have finished work, the Joe Way memorial RNLI lifeguard race is just after 7pm. Boards are provided with lots of help from Newquay and Lusty Glaze Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit! Swimmers, SUP’s and canoes are also welcome.