Jolly Sailor Charity Event

It’s all hands on deck for the staff and locals at the Jolly Sailor Inn in Porthcawl as they are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Save the Children by supporting the local ‘Paddle For Life’ event.

‘Paddle For Life’ is an annual charitable day for the whole family organised by South Wales outdoor activity company, Quest Adventures. Quest Adventures have already collected thousands for the charity through various fundraising events and its proprietor Lee Garbett visited the Save the Children programme in South Africa to see for himself how money raised here in Wales goes a long way to help vulnerable children.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday 13th October starting on Newton Beach, Porthcawl at 1pm. It promises to be a fun day for all the family with activities including a raft race, surfing, kayaking and beach games whilst raising money and making a difference to children’s lives here in Wales and worldwide.

The fundraising activities and raft race entries are supported by local pubs in the area including the Jolly Sailor Inn, The Ancient Briton and the New Brogden, and also Brains Brewery and Bullocks Construction. After the raft race prizes will be presented on Newton Village green and from 5pm there will be a bouncy castle for the children and a BBQ and live music by artists Mills & Boone will follow through the evening at the Jolly Sailor.

Landlady of the Jolly Sailor Inn, Angela Jarrett said: "We are hoping to get the whole community involved in helping to raise money for this worthwhile charity and joining in the fun. We will have four teams from the Jolly Sailor competing in the raft race, friends and family have really got behind the event. We have also had fantastic support from local businesses donating prizes for the raffle including a rugby shirt signed by Wales 6 Nations 2012 winning team. Come along and support us if you can."

Jessica Evans, Fundraising Executive for Save the Children in Wales added: "Having built and paddled a raft with colleagues in last year’s race I can highly recommend it as a fantastic and fun team event. We are extremely grateful to Quest Adventures and the local pubs in the area for supporting this fun-packed day for all the family and help raise life-saving funds for Save the Children.

"Nearly seven million children under five die needlessly every year from preventable causes such as pneumonia, malaria and diarrhoea. Just £20 could provide warm blankets to protect 10 newborn babies from pneumonia. 1 in 3 children here in Wales live in poverty which can have a lasting affect on their health, educational attainment and hopes for the future and our programmes on the ground here in Wales focus on giving children here the best chances in life."

Fof further information or to register for the ‘Paddle for Life’ event please visit the website www.paddle4life.com or contact 01656 783310.