A new charity is to help vulnerable young people get swimming in the sea. 

Charity Surf Solace will help vulnerable young people in Brighton take advantage of our beautiful sea and all the benefits it can offer their health and wellbeing.

It comes after three Brighton friends Catherine Brown, Ruth Delgado Adams and Kath Ferguson, all keen swimmers, started regular sea swimming together following advice from a friend who was researching the benefits of sea swimming. 

The trio found a regular dip in our chilly waters made them fitter and happier, as well having a positive effect on youngsters, sparking them to set up Surf Solace.

The new charity will be supported by its not-for-profit community company Seabirds which will fundraise for it.

The company is planning a crowdfunding page to develop start-up funds to produce sea-themed goods and clothing to build sustainable income for the charity to set up activity courses and events. 

Crowdfunding donors will be first to get their hands on the merchandise.

Founding Seabird and qualified Surf Life Saving GB trainer, Kath Ferguson, said: "We know how much regular sea swimming has helped us, and people around us, to get through some difficult times.

“We want to help vulnerable young people who wouldn’t normally get the chance to swim or surf to benefit too.”

For more information on Surf Solace visit www.surfsolace.com or their Facebook page. 

You can also find the charity's crowdfunding page at https://chuffed.org/project/seabirds