Inventor and tv personality Tom Lawton, founder of Uplifting Products, is donating £1k from the sale of his latest invention to the Sea Sanctuary, to mark World Mental Health Day this weekend (Oct 10).

Earlier this year, Lawton pledged to donate £10 from every sale of his latest invention, the Uplift 2.0, to the Cornwall-based charity. Uplift 2.0 is a solar powered sculpture designed to sit on a windowsill and gently revolve in the light. The progressive new design is inspired by the ocean and the motion of the waves.

“Good for the mind and the planet”, the aqua marine coloured spiral is made from 100% recycled fishing nets, sourced from Cornish Hake Fisheries and is powered by its own solar panel.

Lawton commented: “Sea Sanctuary provides invaluable support to vulnerable people via their unique concept of ‘blue health’. What they do is truly remarkable and we’re proud to be able to donate £1k to them on World Mental Health Day.”

The Sea Sanctuary provides mental health programmes by taking its clients out on to the water. It uses a combination of sail training, marine activities and evidence-based therapies to help children and adults who are struggling with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression.

Joe Sabien, CEO and founder of Sea Sanctuary said he was grateful for Lawton’s support. “Your willingness to support our charity is particularly kind, in the current pandemic and is very much appreciated by the entire Seas Sanctuary team,” he told him.

“The monies gifted are forming the basis of The Uplift Bursary which will fund a four-day residential Sail into Life Programme, for six client sailors.”