Singer song writer James Morrison and his brother Laurie have been long term supports of the Joe Way appeal.
James has helped lift the profile of the annual celebration of Joe's story which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for worthy causes.
James made time to shoot a video message of support whilst on tour in the UK and with his new album out, "Higher Than Here", it's going to be another busy year for Cornwall's international star.
Matt Way, Joe’s dad, said; “This support has helped us so much with reaching more people with Joe's story, as a family it is a great comfort to know that people from all walks of life are taking a moment to think about Joe, what his story means and to remember him even when they have not met him”.
Matt continued; “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 Surf life saving Cornwall along with Newquay and Lusty Glaze Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit! Swimmers, SUP’s and canoes are also welcome.
Izzy is one of identical twins and she has Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia. This means she has increased muscle tone and her legs are constantly stiff (spasticity), she suffers from pain and also has difficulty with leg movements, coordination and balance. Because of her condition, Izzy cannot walk or even stand unaided.
Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is a life changing complex spinal operation, the only surgical procedure that permanently reduces or eliminates stiffness and spasticity in the legs.
Spasticity causes a lot of pain, and over time, shortening of muscles and tendons, joints contractures and bone deformities.
Ursula Izzy's mum said "All we want is to give Izzy the best chance to be able to run around with her twin sister (her best friend!) and be able do all the things we all take for granted".
Matt Way, Joe's father, said; "Claire and I have been inspired by how Izzy, her family and friends have raised over £40,000.00 in such a short space of time. when you can see a solution to help your child have a better quality of life there is no stronger motivation than that. We are really excited about the crowdfunder page and we have some great pledges for people to buy".
The Crowdfunder page has been launched to boost extra funds for this year's Paddle charity pot with most of crowdfunding proceeds going to Izzy's cause.
It works by you pledging money and in return you will receive one of the fantastic donations on offer including Saltrock clothing vouchers, signed paddle posters from surfer Ben Skinner, Ben skinner signed print, big wave rider Tom Butler's signed print, T-shirts and a voucher for the Aqua Park at Retallack to name but a few.
The page must reach its total of £500 to release the money and pledges so its all or nothing and the page deadline is the 18th June so its up to you to help these great local causes.
The Joe Way Paddle for life has new supporter's for its biggest paddle and music gig to date which is on Thursday 23rd June at Newquay Harbour.
The event has always run at zero cost with everyone giving their time and services for free.
The Paddle is being supported by Newquay Fruit Sales and The Garage Co this year with both companies donating £500 each to help cover some costs and get the charity pot started.
The only elements that are not donated for free are the wrist bands, t-shirts and insurance which are vital for the event to take place.
Tony Locke, from The Garage Co, said; "As a local family business we are pleased to be supporting Joe's Paddle as it's such a great community event."
The other Local business to step up is Newquay Fruit Sales and both companies logos are on all the posters and signage, Director Rachel Craze said; "Newquay Fruit Sales are both delighted and proud of our involvement with this year’s Paddle. The fundraising that Matt and his family undertake is to be applauded and we are honoured to be a part of the effort."
Another new sponsor who has just jumped on board is POW Energy Water who have donated nearly 400 bottles of flavored water for the safety team and to help raise funds.
Charlie from POW said; "We’re excited to be a part of such a great community event and help support such good causes."