The Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral Beach held a Joe Way memorial paddle to raise money for charity in 2008.  Joe is the inspirational little boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond.

Our aim is to raise awareness of Joe’s story and inspire people to raise money for their chosen charity.

More Charities We've Helped

The great thing about the Paddle for Life is that anyone can set up a paddle for any charity in the world. Charities that have already benefited from fundraising generated through the Joe Way website are as follows.


Children On The Edge

The vision of Children on the Edge is a world where all children are able to grow up in a loving and stable environment.

Where regardless of their race, nationality or parentage, they have equal access to the skills and opportunities that will allow them to fulfil their potential wherever they live in the world.

Children on the Edge exists for the most vulnerable and marginalised child worldwide, ensuring they are heard and are not invisible, are protected and have their needs met, advocating for all of their rights in accordance with the principles and provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

To donate to Children On The Edge through Joe's 'Just Giving' page CLICK HERE
To read more CLICK HERE


Cornwall Hospice Care

Cornwall Hospice Care, which incorporates Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell and St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle, is the charity which provides the only adult hospice care within the county. Every year thousands of people are touched by the work of the two hospices as their loved ones are given specialist palliative care to help them cope with life limiting illnesses.

Many of our patients are able to return home after a short period of care, but if this is not possible we provide people with a dignified and caring end to their lives. We exercise a truly holistic approach in the care of our patients and believe that emotional and spiritual health is as important as the physical. We care not just for the individual, but also for their families and carers.

All of our services are provided free of charge but cost £5.3 million a year or £11 a minute. With limited funding from the government we rely heavily on the generosity of the general public to ensure the survival of adult hospice care in Cornwall.

To donate to Cornwall Hospice Care through Joe's 'Just Giving' page CLICK HERE
To read more CLICK HERE


The Handstand Appeal for Marshall Janson

Marshall celebrated his first birthday on 22 December. On Boxing Day, Marshall was rushed into hospital following an attack of Meningococcal Meningitis. Meningitis is a brutal and unforgiving disease. While Marshall has escaped brain damage he has had to have both his hands and both his legs amputated.

Marshall now faces a lifetime of rehabilitation while adapting to the use of prosthetic limbs. Because he is so young Marshall will continually require new prosthetic limbs as he grows. To put this in perspective, Marshall will require at least one pair of hands, at least once a year, every year until he is 16. A pair of hands costs £22K. A firm cost for his legs has yet to be established but it will be to a similar order of magnitude.

Obviously, the cost of providing Marshall with a decent quality of life is quite breathtaking - and considerably beyond the resources of Marshall’s family or, indeed, most families. It is because of the huge cost involved that the family have launched HANDSTAND -The Appeal for Marshall Janson.

To read more CLICK HERE


Shelter Box

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide.

They respond instantly to natural and manmade disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who who are most in need.

Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

To read more CLICK HERE


Cornwalls Air Ambulance

In April 1987, the air ambulance was introduced as an integral part of Cornwall’s ambulance service. The initial funding provided by the local health authority was withdrawn in October of that year, and shortly afterwards the charity, then known as the First Air Ambulance Service Trust, was formed. Following considerable publicity, the service was then financed by public fundraising and donations. This remains the case to this day, with fantastic support given by the people of Cornwall and local business.

To donate to Cornwalls Air Ambulance through Joe's 'Just Giving' page CLICK HERE
To read more CLICK HERE


Cornwall Blind Association

Cornwall Blind Association is a local independent charity and company limited by guarantee, providing services, support and advice to visually impaired people in Cornwall. It has served the Cornish community for many years, being established in 1856.

Services are delivered throughout Cornwall with Sight Centres located in Truro and Penwith. Further local services are being developed during 2009 in North Cornwall and Caradon. Cornwall Blind Association aims to provide services to people of all ages and backgrounds...

To read more CLICK HERE


The Fire Fighters Charity

Every year, thousands of fire fighters are injured whilst protecting the public. Every 30 seconds in the UK, fire fighters are called to an incident, putting their lives on the line, and often sustaining physical injuries whilst carrying out their duties. The Fire Fighters Charity is here for fire fighters during their times of need, and assists over 13,500 individuals every year, by providing pioneering treatment and support services.

Our modern, dynamic and award-winning charity has three UK centres, located in Cumbria, Devon and West Sussex, which offer varying combinations of therapy and recuperation services. Our pioneering new Beneficiary Support Services also offer local and remote assistance to people in need nationwide - providing solutions to real life problems.

To read more CLICK HERE


British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity. Every day they save lives, through pioneering research, providing vital information to help people reduce their own heart health risks, campaigning for change and supporting and caring for heart patients.

To donate to The British Geart Foundation through Joe's 'Just Giving' page CLICK HERE
To read more CLICK HERE


Cancer Research

Around 285,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. At Cancer Research UK we are working hard to improve our understanding of cancer and develop better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.

To read more CLICK HERE


The Wave Project

The Wave Project is a community movement that was started by a group of surfers in Newquay, Cornwall. They wanted to use the freedom and fun of surfing as a way of helping disadvantaged young people to feel happier.

A pilot scheme put together in 2010, funded by the NHS, to assess whether young people who are struggling would feel more positive by going surfing once a week.

To read more CLICK HERE



Joe was born with angelmans syndrome but it was his reaction to a drug steven johnson syndrome that left him life limited.

Assert is a United Kingdom based support group. We are all volunteers who have direct contact with Angelman Syndrome. The majority of the trustees are parents or relatives of children or adults with Angelman Syndrome. We also have a panel of experts who are able to answer and advise on more complex questions. Many of these experts are recognised worldwide in their fields of expertise relating to Angelman Syndrome.

To read more CLICK HERE


Bowel Cancer UK

For 25 years we have been saving lives by raising awareness of bowel cancer, campaigning for best treatment and care and providing practical support and advice.  As a charitable organisation, we are almost completely dependent on voluntary donations. Help us to save more lives.

To read more CLICK HERE


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