Meet the charities Charity updates The Wave Project - Vote 2016 WHY VOTE FOR US? Suzie, now aged 18, has been involved with the Wave Project for about three years. “Before I started the Wave Project I was in hospital suffering from depression and anxiety. I didn't really have any friends and I didn't really speak to anyone. I kept myself quite isolated. The Wave Project has decreased my anxiety. It took a lot for me to get out and put a wetsuit on and go out into the sea and be around so many people. I am much more confident now because of The Wave Project.” Suzie has gone on to become one of our peer mentors – supporting children and young people coming into the project. “I am volunteering three times a week now and I have been discharged from hospital. I should be starting college in September. The Wave Project has really saved my life." Suzie is just one of 640 young people supported by the Wave Project each year. Help us make a difference to the mental health and well-being of vulnerable and socially isolated young people across the UK. HOW WILL WE USE THE DONATION FROM RYH? It costs as little as £500 to help transform a life via The Wave Project £10,000 would provide two surf therapy courses and club sessions in North Wales at Surf Snowdonia – helping us reach 20 socially, and rurally, isolated young people. £20,000 would fund Wave Project Brighton for an entire year. Despite being one of the UK’s trendiest towns - it is an area particularly affected by a combination deprivation, poor mental health and lower education attainment - for example self-harm hospital stays for under 25s is 54% above the national average. A £20k donation would fund multiple courses and weekly club sessions supporting at least 40 young people. £30,000 Would expand the Wave Project in both North Wales and Brighton, supporting 60 young people - like Suzie – giving them the confidence and tools to transform their lives.