The annual paddle appeal for charity did not take place like the past 12 years due to coronavirus. However, the fundraising continued despite the challenges.
Most of the community events scheduled for 2020 have been postponed to unknown dates because of the pandemic. Just like the rest, communities did not participate in the Newquay, Cornwall get together.
The Joe Way Paddle for Life organization has so far managed to raise over £160,000 for more than 20 charities. Also, it has been at the forefront of encouraging the community to engage in life-saving practices.
Matt and Claire set this organization after their son Joe succumbed to Steven Johnson syndrome in 2008. To celebrate their son’s life, they operated the organization jointly with Cornwall Surf Lifesaving Club and Newquay Towan Blystra Lions. Since the death of their son, the couple have campaigned tirelessly for over 20 causes in his name.
Thornbury Community services received accommodation of 50 nurses and doctors for a period of 3 months at Gwel. They did not incur any NHS charges during the last lockdown.
The nurses offered support services to patients in Cornwall; hence, the need for accommodation services. This is a major donation to Joe Way Paddle for Life by the resort director Matt.
Without the major events of beer festival and paddle, Matt noted that it was challenging to fundraise during the pandemic. However, he was happy to see Newquay Mint, the local football team wearing t-shirts with the organization logo printed on them.
The action by Newquay Mint was an indication that the community was willing to support the organization, but the current climate was not favorable for various organizational events. People have engaged in various activities such as sky diving, live music, and paddling in the past.
Matt promised that the paddle team would resume the support activities in June 2021, but this plan will only take place if pandemic constraints loosen up.