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Natty Surf Jam 2017

Many thanks to Meghan and Graham for a brilliant event in memory of Meg’s brother Natty who loved surfing and music……as they said….
We were blessed with lots of sunshine, smiles and crowds of punters keen to participate, donate and support the event in whatever ways they could.  Southwest longboard heroes Ben Howey and Emily Currie took 1st place in the men’s and women’s finals, taking home the bespoke hand-carved driftwood trophies which were kindly designed and donated for the comp by Falmouth based creative duo; ‘Nomad Designs’. 
 The competition was able to run seamlessly and successfully through the involvement of Christian Surfer’s UK, who did an amazing job co-ordinating and hosting the day’s surf-related events. We cannot thank the CSUK team enough for giving up their time to make the day special, as well as all the other charities who were represented at Fistral Beach on the day, including the Invictus Trust, Wave Project, Samaritans, Newquay Community Orchard and SOBS uk. It was a privilege to be able to provide local mental health support charities with a platform to share what they do and spread awareness of the helpful resources they can offer.
We are over the moon to announce that throughout the event we were able to raise over £3368 (with more still to come) to help fund the life-changing work of the Invictus Trust and SOBS uk. For the last six years, the Invictus Trust have been working towards gaining permission to build a mental health treatment centre for young people, and over the Natty Surf Jam weekend, we were over the moon to hear that the charity has finally been offered a substantial grant to be able to open a 12 bedroom treatment centre for 13-18 year olds in the Duchy. This is absolutely incredible news and we are so proud that the funding we have raised can go towards supporting amazing projects like this. 
We have a new Justgiving page ….

We also want to say a massive thank you to all the local organisations who sponsored the event financially, including Newquay Bid & the Rotary Club, as well as the local businesses who donated such brilliant prizes for our competitors and raffle. We would also like to thank all the amazing staff at Whiskers and Watershed for hosting such an unforgettable evening and looking after our musicians so well.

On the night we were absolutely spoilt with the awesome musicianship of Abbie Piper, Haunt The Woods, Wildwood Kin and The All Good Things, who were kind enough to make space between tour dates to come down and support the cause! Not forgetting the rest of the wonderful acts who came and wowed the crowds at Fistral Beach Bar with their tunes; including Velvet & Stone, Jacob Riddall and Clara Bond. It really was such a fantastic day which we hope did Natty proud and we are so happy with the result. We hope that this is just the beginning of a long-term positive change in attitudes towards mental health here in Cornwall, and we can’t wait to start planning for next year’s event! 
Thank you all SO much for your support and involvement, and we look forward to seeing you at the Natty Surf Jam 2018!

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