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about

Hello + welcome! Thank you so much for being here!

I am a mother of 2 grown up sons, living on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. 

In the summer of 2019, I became the first woman to stand up paddleboard coast to coast, 162 miles from Liverpool to Goole, picking up litter + fundraising for The Wave Project and 2MinuteBeachClean Foundation. 

I call myself a joy encourager, beach cleaner + midlife adventurer.

 

I love to write and am honoured to have been invited to speak at prestigious adventure festivals, wellbeing events + on many wonderful podcsasts. My story has been featured in the national press, on the radio + TV. 

 

To share my joyful message, I also make tiny, award winning films about joy, adventure + finding your purpose. 

"I can't change the world, but I can change the little bit around me."

However, life was not always so happy.

In May 2013, I found myself sobbing in the biscuit aisle of Tesco's, looking at the chocolate Hob Nobs and wondering how my life had come to this. I was 48, a busy working Mum, flying solo with my boys.

 

Both my parents were undergoing chemotherapy at the time and I was overwhelmed, anxious and desperate for a good night's sleep.

A friend lent me an old indoor rowing machine suggesting exercise might help. Within two weeks I was sleeping and life was so much brighter. 

In 2014, I rowed a million metres and marathon for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of my Mum, completing the challenge on the 1st anniversary of her death and 5 days before my 50th birthday. We raised £10,000.00. 

I returned to the hills + sea which I had loved as a child, body boarding, wild swimming and hiking.

 

In September 2016, I took my first paddleboard lesson. I loved it from the minute I stood up. 

"You're never too old to do something wild and it's never too late to make a difference."

My goal is to share the joy of the outdoors for our physical + mental wellbeing, being kind to ourselves and the oceans.

I'm a proud Ambassador for FINDRA Outdoor Clothing, Bluefin SUPs paddleboards and 2MinuteBeachClean Foundation. in 2019, I was a British Canoeing Women's Paddlesports Ambassador. 

 

My motto: We are never too old to do something wild and it's never too late to make a difference. 

I hope you'll join me on this wild + precious adventure.... 

Jo x

PS I would love to speak to your organisation about joy, adventure and finding your purpose. Please see my Speaker page for details. Thank you! 

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