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Joe’s Paddle for Life Mirror raises £500 for the Handstand Appeal. Joe Way is the inspirational little boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond. His story of hope and fighting against all the odds with a cheeky smile has made what could have been the worse of times the best of times. The original Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral Beach held a Joe Way Memorial Paddle in 2008. The 2009 Newquay Paddle was a tremendous success. Over 300 spectators attended to cheer on the 90 paddlers who raised £7000 for 17 different charities. £500 was raised when a 5ft mirror made as of Joe’s paddle logo was auctioned off at Newquay rowing club. The mirror which took over a week to make was crafted by Dave Hughes from Dave’s Cave at South Fistral Hire. Dave made and donated the polished wooden show piece which he fitted with a mirror gifted by Micro DIY in Newquay. Nick Bryant a local businessman from Britannic Industries which owns the Tolcarne and Fistral hire shops and other beach businesses bought the mirror with a sealed bid and has donated the £500 via Joe’s paddle to the Handstand appeal. Matt Way Joe’s dad said “We where over whelmed with Dave’s mirror so much time went into it and it was fantastic, we are real grateful to Dave and Nick for their support,” Claire Way Joe’s mum added “we are so pleased that the money will go to help Marshall, Joe had meningitis when he was a week old and went into septic shock several times over the years, we where once told he would have his feet removed but he managed to recover much to the doctors amazement. We think Marshall and his family are so inspiring in how they have embraced his needs”. The Mirror will be hung in one of the business venues at Fistral in the New Year. To see the video coverage of Septembers paddle and Joe’s story go to, if you would like your charity listed or to get involved email To read about Marshall Janson go to End Photo Dave’s mirror being auctioned on the night of the paddle

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