Our awesome young surfer Alfie is a fundraising superstar!

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A young surfer with The Wave Project, Alfie is a true fundraising champion.

Alfie has autism, and before joining The Wave Project, he struggled with his anger and confidence. Supported by two fantastic volunteers on his surf therapy programme, Alfie flourished. He has written a super blog about his experience with The Wave Project, and we’d love to share an excerpt with you.

I started surf therapy in March 2022. It was, and is still, very fun. They helped with my confidence as well. They introduced me at my own pace and taught me how to stay safe in and out of the water.

My instructors were Andy, Ems and Katie. They also helped out through this extraordinary experience. On the water, I feel very calm and playful, and I felt like I could just be myself.

My goal is when I’m old enough I could give children my age the ability to experience this amazing feeling, as it helped me make better friendships and has led to being in the sea more. And I am now attending surf club, beach club and more!

But Alfie hasn’t stopped there! With his big plans for fundraising, he has a 6km run (broken up into smaller runs over a few days), a cake sale and a Bid of Waves – a cool idea where Alfie will auction off the completion of odd jobs – among his ideas.

Currently his school’s mental health ambassador, a position he holds close to his heart, Alfie is working towards his Civic Award.

“My main aim… is to help people with their struggles and get more people in the sea and more confident.”

What a star! Thank you, Alfie, for your incredible continued support.

If you’d like to support young people to improve their mental health through surf therapy, donate here.