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The Wave Project raises funds for life-changing surf therapy

The Wave Project improves children's mental health and wellbeing through an award winning Surf Therapy programme. During Mental Health Awareness week they are hoping to raise money to support 20 children and young people from across the UK.

Surf Challenge at Watergate Bay 2016

This month, from 14 – 21 May, The Wave Project is participating in the Big Give's Kind2Mind match-funding campaign to raise £20,000 for its surf therapy programmes that support children and young people struggling with mental health challenges.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is “Movement: Moving more for our mental health.”

Mental health concerns are on the rise among young people in the UK. One in five children experience social, emotional, or mental health difficulties, and rates of teenage suicide and eating disorders have seen alarming increases in recent years.

The Wave Project, helps children and young people aged 8-18 improve their wellbeing through the transformative power of surfing and connecting with the ocean. Activity Alliance have worked closely with the organisation to help develop their volunteer training programme linked to adaptive surf sessions.

The charity is aiming to raise a total of £20,000 which will help support 20 children and young people across the UK struggling with their mental health through participation in their award-winning programmes. From the 14 to 21  May, all donations to The Wave Project's Kind2Mind campaign will be matched up to £10,000, enabling the charity to reach double the number of young people in need.

Ramon Van de Velde, Chief Executive Officer at The Wave Project said:

"Our team and volunteers see first-hand what a difference surf therapy can make. The children who take part in our evidence-based programmes demonstrate significantly increased confidence, resilience and self-esteem, as well as a more positive outlook on life. The current cost-of-living crisis only adds to the challenges young people face, so these life-changing interventions are needed now more than ever."
"We are delighted to be part of the Kind2Mind campaign and appeal to the public this Mental Health Awareness Week. Donations of any size can be doubled, and they will ensure The Wave Project continues to have such a positive impact on the lives of thousands of children and young people across the UK."

To support The Wave Project's vital work, visit The Wave Project’s Kind2Mind campaign page between the 14 and 21 May to donate.