Celebrity chef Mitch Tonks has praised the work of an award-winning Goodrington ‘surf therapy’ charity that helps vulnerable Torbay youngsters – as he handed them a £8,500 donation.

Wave Project volunteers Kathryn Chalk and Isobel Massey at RockfishWave Project volunteers Kathryn Chalk and Isobel Massey at Rockfish

Brixham-based Mitch, who runs the Rockfish restaurant chain, said: “I’m so happy that we, as a business, can still support our nominated local charity, the Wave Project, even during this pandemic when normal service and normal operating of clubs like the Wave Project are suspended.

“The work they do is vital and we want to be part of helping them to survive, when life is back to normal their work in our community will be needed more than ever.”

Rockfish customers have rallied to support the award-winning surf therapy sessions for youngsters in Torbay and South Devon with the whopping £8,522 donation.

Mitch said: “It is great to be able to work with a local project right on our doorstep who do such good work in our community with young people.

“To support an organisation aimed at young people at risk that gets them out on the water is wonderful.

“The Wave Project has shown real results in the work they do and Rockfish wants to be a positive part of the community that helps makes a difference.”

Rockfish customers can help support the Wave Project by paying an optional £1 donation on their bill.

Wave Project founder Joe Taylor said: “We’re so grateful to Mitch and all the staff at Rockfish for supporting our charity. All the funds raised through donations will enable vulnerable children and young people in Devon to access free, award-winning surf therapy courses to help improve their emotional wellbeing and confidence.”

The Wave Project runs surf therapy courses – both surfing and stand-up paddle boarding - and a Surf Club in conjunction with Reach Outdoors at Goodrington and the Discovery Surf School in Bigbury.

Before lockdown, Wave Project South Devon coordinator Katie Smith and volunteers Isobel Massey and Kathryn Chalk were invited to the opening of Mitch’s restaurant on Exeter Quayside.

Rockfish do an incredible amount to help the community around their ever-growing chain of seafood restaurants.