hang ten with Joe charity night

Joe is the inspirational little boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond. His website, www.joeway.co.uk has been set up to tell his story, raise awareness of his conditions, and to help raise money for Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives Appeal to build a children's hospice in Cornwall.

A night of surf films, fun, prize draw and more for the Precious Lives appeal.

This night is being organised by young surfer Louis Mavour aged 14 who has helped fund raise at various Precious Lives events in memory of Joe Way.

Louis a pupil at the Richard Lander school in Truro also asked the school to organise a non uniform day as well doing a bike ride with his mum Allie who helped Joe's parents in her role as a joint agency co-ordinator.

Louis has also had one of Joe's stickers on his long board whilst surfing at competitions which has helped raise the profile of little Joe Way's story.

Joe Way team rider Louis Mavour (Loops) says ' I'm happy to get involved cos it's a brilliant cause and Matt and Claire are just amazing people'.

Joe's army of angels has had strong support from the surfing cumminty and started less than a year ago when nearly 50 surfers arrived at south Fistral with their boards bearing stickers with Joe Way's website on each one.

Sue Butler from Fistral surf club stepped in to help along with the BSA. Sue who helped round up some of the top names in UK surfing was delighted with the turn out. Sue Butler said "As I knew Joe and his family I understand why a children's hospice in Cornwall is so important, what better way to promote his story and the fund raising with the board stickers".

Included in the crowd were Alan Stokes, Tom Butler, Ben Skinner and Ollie Adams.

Matt, Joe's Dad said "It was great to see so many people taking the time to support Joe's story and the hospice appeal. It was good to have the time to talk to people about the exciting news that the location of the hospice has been named and the land gifted"

At one point two traffic warden's turned up and started to give out parking tickets due to the huge amount of people that came, there was a lack of parking. Luckily after realising what was going on and after a phone call to their office they allowed the photo shot to finish without issuing any tickets Phew…

Matt added "Its great to see young people being moved by Joe's story and raising so much money to help build a much needed hospice in Cornwall for life limited children"

The venue for this fun surf night is the Masonic Lodge at St Agnes which is being hosted by the St Agnes film club.

The prize draw includes an IPOD shuffle, PADI diving experience, surf lessons and volcom shoes as well as other great prizes .

The surf film night is on 13/06/09 and the time 7:30 entry on the door or buy your ticket in advance £3 by calling 07761079454 or emailing info@joeway.co.uk