Visit Newquay on July 22 and join the surfing celebration fund raiser to “Bring Theresa Home” at Newquay's Fistral Beach starting at 4pm.
Newquay’s surfing community is coming out in force on Sunday to fund raise to send a well-known and much-loved woman to her Canadian home so she can undergo the vital treatment she needs for a fast acting cancer which was only recently discovered.
Theresa Thomson and her family have just moved from Newquay to Orkney, to be near her husband’s family, when she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Cancer and it is her wish that she can be treated and recover from the disease with her Canadian mother, sister and family close-by.
Canadian citizen, Theresa, moved to Cornwall seven years ago and swiftly became popular amongst the surf scene. She married surf instructor Chris Thomson, the founder and director of Newquay-based Errant Surf School. The couple have three children, Dylan and twins Summer and Joel.
Although Theresa is still officially a Canadian citizen, the law in the country states that a returning national cannot automatically have access to Medical Care and they must wait up to three months before this right can be re-instated. The severity of her cancer means she cannot wait that long so the family will have to find thousands of Canadian dollars for the expensive, but absolutely necessary, treatment privately.
Local surfer, mother and friend to the Thomsons, Emma Adams is organising Sunday’s ‘Bring Theresa Home’ event at Fistral Beach. Emma explains, “Although Theresa and Chris have just moved from the town, they are both so well-known and so well-loved, that everyone is super keen to help in any way they can. Lots of local people and companies have already stepped in to offer ideas, donations and support and it’s all gathering storm. Sunday is set to be lots of fun, with Theresa’s sparkling personality running through the whole thing.”
Emma continues, “We’ll be kicking off at 4pm at the Fistral Beach Bar, one of Theresa’s favourite local spots. We’ll have laughter yoga on Fistral Beach from 4pm, a ‘right rocking raffle’ at 6pm and an ‘awesome auction’ at 7pm. In the meantime there will be a cake sale, family activities and face painting on the beach, Skinners ales on tap behind the bar with a percentage of the profit from every sale going to the cause and Josh Hughes AKA Jose Hugo and Tim Nice taking to the decks to keep the night going. As we know, Theresa is a great party girl and loves nothing better than getting all her friends together so we can’t think of a more fitting way to raise the much needed funds to make sure she gets the treatment she deserves.”
Everyone is welcome to attend and also to donate prizes. People can also go to www.gofundme.com and search for the ‘Bring Theresa Home’ page where funds can be given.
In a recent Facebook message, on her fifth wedding anniversary, Theresa said, “A BIG thank you to EVERYONE who is helping with fund raising and donating for my medical! It is truly unbelievable and so touching the amount of support and love we have from everyone.”
Theresa’s husband, Chris, says, “I would like to thank everyone who has helped us out so far, from looking after the kids, to messages of support. I am amazed at how much this all really helps to keep Theresa moving forwards and spirits high. If you told me a few weeks ago I would have to be helping raise money for Theresa to be treated for cancer I would never have believed it, but having everyone step in and help in so many ways, is just so appreciated and makes this all possible.”
Anyone who would like to get involved in Sunday’s ‘Bring Theresa Home’ event should contact Emma Adams on 07970 384134 or