Their Royal Highnesses were genuinely interested in how our children overcame mental health problems through surfing.

September was a breakthrough month here at The Wave Project. We started with a bang with a royal visit from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which was an amazing experience! It’s lovely to have a such a super endorsement of our work with young people. Their Royal Highnesses were genuinely interested in how our children overcame mental health problems through surfing.

A week later, we had another important visitor. Not a Royal this time, but the next best thing – Raise Your Hands’ own Ed Wethered, who joined us in our Newquay HQ as part of his 1000-km ultra-run! Ed met some of our young people and their families, before going for a pint with Wave Project CEO Joe Taylor in a nearby pub. It was great to meet him in person!

Later that week we travelled up to London for the Third Sector Awards, where we were listed in the category of Small Charity, Big Impact. Unfortunately we didn’t win this year, but it was an honour to be nominated given the number of small charities in the UK.

In other news, our North Wales project, supported by Raise Your Hands, held its first ever surf club session at Surf Snowdonia inland surfing lake. This was a big success, with a great turnout from clients and volunteers. It’s awesome to be able to deliver a project in North Wales, an area where children and young people tend to be very isolated due to poor transport links. This project would not have happened without Raise Your Hands, so thanks so much to you guys for all your support!

Our autumn surf courses are now in full swing elsewhere across the UK, so we are busy getting loads more young people in the water and helping them improve their mental health through surfing. Look forward to updating you next month.