Joe's Journey continues

By Sara Bryce

Published on Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 10:56


Joe's Journey continues

Cat Skellington are among the acts supporting the fundraising for the Joe Ellis Trust, Picture by Ash Vaughan.


FOLLOWING the news that Isle of Wight teenager Joe Ellis lost his battle with cancer this week, event planners have vowed to continue raising money for his trust.

In a statement on his page on Facebook, Joe's family expressed their wish that fundraising for 'Joe's Journey' continue as a legacy to him and to help other children.

Christ the King pupil Joe,13, was battling an aggressive form of cancer and when chemotherapy and radiotherapy failed, fundraising began in earnest for a new drug from America, at a cost of £100,000.

Fundraising will continue for the Joe Ellis Trust, with a view to helping other families in in the same situation as the Ellis family.

As of yesterday (Tuesday, July 2) the trust had raised £71,700.

Find out how you can support the Joe Ellis Trust below:

FRIDAY, July 4

 St John's Church choir, at St John's Church, Newport will be performing music through the decades from 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and under-16s are free.

SUNDAY, July 6

 Pay a donation and take part in a group walk from Appley to Puckpool at 9am.

 Joe's LudFest will kick off from 11am at the King Lud, Ryde. There will be street entertainment and a huge raffle and acts include The Monitors, Lucid and Dave Graham from The Tornadoes.

 A 1960s themed live music event will raise money for Joe at the Dimbola Museum and Galleries' Summer of Love on Sunday, July 6, from 4pm.

Tickets cost £10 ahead of time or £12 on the door and swinging 60s outfits encouraged.

 A day of live music at the Bargeman's Rest in Newport on Sunday, July 6, from 1pm, will be held in aid of Joe. Acts include the Dollymops, Duveaux, Cat Skellington and Headfunk Collective.

MONDAY, July 14

Children from Jen's Speech and Drama will perform poetry and drama for in aid of Joe Ellis at Bembridge Village Hall. Starts at 6.15pm, tickets cost £5.

WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY, July 16, 17 and 18
☞ Christ the King College pupils will be performing Shakespeare's final masterpiece, The Tempest. Tickets cost £5.50 per adults, or two for £10. Students and concessions cost £3.50, or three for £10. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7pm. All profits will go to Joe's trust.


 A crazy Cowes half marathon and 10km fun run will be held from the Parkhurst Forest main car park, from 9am. Entry costs £10. For more information visit Joe's fundraising page onFacebook.

 Test your general knowledge at a pub quiz at Shorwell Village Hall, from 7.30pm.

SUNDAY, July 20

 A family fun day and craft fair is planned at the Chequers Inn, Rookley. Spaces for stalls are £15 for a six foot pitch, or £25 for a double pitch. Bring your own tables and gazebos and contact more information. Free entry for visitors.

☞ A Gala Fundraiser at The Bugle Coaching Inn, Yarmouth featuring music from Naked Fridays and Cara Goodrem. Raffle with prizes including Sunday roast at the Wheatsheaf, afternoon tea at The George Hotel and a trip for four on Yarmouth Lifeboat.


 Santander employees from Ryde and Newport are doing a 'Walk for Joe' on Thursday, July 24. The walkers will set off from the Needles at 8am and trek back to the Ryde branch.

FRIDAY, July 25

 Vicki Newnham will be doing a sponsored head shave and (hopefully) a race night at Newport Conservative Club.


 A Round the Island spinning challenge will kick off from 9am at Spinzone, Dodnor Lane, Newport

 Between 10am and 4pm firefighters fat Newport Fire Station will wash cars in exchange for a donation for Joe's trust.

The 100,000 Challenge will be under way at In-Shape gym in Cowes from 6pm until midnight. Gym members will be attemtping to lift 100,000kg and run, cycle and row 100,000 metres. Spectators and supporters are welcome and event organiser Darren Wray has said his employer G4S will match donations up to £500.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, August 9 and 10

 Find a Joe Ellis Trust fundraising stall at Jack up the 80s, Fighting Cocks crossroads, Newchurch.

SATURDAY and SUNDAY, August 16 and 17

 Find a Joe Ellis Trust fundraising stall at the Garlic Festival, Fighting Cocks crossroads, Newchurch.

Find a Joe Ellis Trust fundraising stall at Jack up the 80s, Fighting Cocks crossroads, Newchurch.

 On Saturday (16) relive the 70s, 80s, 90s and noughties at the IW Biggest Ever School Disco at Ventnor Winter Gardens. Tickets will cost £7.50 ahead of time or £10 on the door.

SUNDAY, August 24

 A fun hour of trampolining, kayaking and bodyboarding will be held on the beach at Wight Water, Shanklin, from 3pm. A boot camp on the beach will take place from 4pm including kayaking and bodyboarding. It costs £10 each to join in the fun hour or £5 for the boot camp which includes a barbecue and all money goes to Joe's trust .

SATURDAY, August 30

 Newport Fire Station will host a car wash from 10am.



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