What we've been up to this month:

October marks the end of our main season, and we are proud this year to have worked with a record number of young surfers – a total of 1,033 across all our programmes. It is the first time since our charity was founded that we have reached over 1,000 young people in a single year. It marks an increase of 11% overall from 2017 – an incredible achievement that is in no small part down to the funding we have received from Raise Your Hands.

Here is a comparative breakdown of beneficiary numbers compared to last year:

Table of results

We are particularly proud that this has also been a record year of great outcomes for our young surfers. We would like to share some feedback for just one of these.

Bryher, aged 10, had been excluded from mainstream school for challenging behaviour and sent to an alternative provision school (APA). Unfortunately, her behaviour here deteriorated and she was excluded again. When we met her, Bryher had been out of school for nearly two years.

But during her surf therapy course, she made new friends and began to trust others more. The praise she received from her mentor was the first time in years that she had been told she had done something well. The effect on her was transformative – she became more engaged with peers and went back to mainstream school. This month, we learned that Brhyer had been made a school counsellor! We were so stoked at this amazing achievement.

Finally, we wanted to share some amazing pictures with you. These were not taken by a professional photographer, but one of our surf club members! Bella, aged 14, took these at a session in South Devon when she was feeling too nervous to go in the water to surf. (Please see photo above).