Wiltshire inventor marks World Mental Health Day with charity donation

By Ben Carey on 9 October, 2020

Wiltshire-based inventor Tom Lawton has donated some of the proceeds of his latest invention to a mental health and wellbeing charity.

Earlier this year Tom pledged to donate £10 from every sale of his invention, the Uplift 2.0, to Sea Sanctuary in Cornwall, a charity providing unique water-based mental health programmes.

This first donation marks World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October.

Uplift 2.0 is a solar powered sculpture inspired by the sea and made from 100 per cent recycled fishing nets. It is designed to sit on a windowsill and gently revolve in the light.

Tom said, “Sea Sanctuary provides invaluable support to vulnerable people. What they do is truly remarkable and we’re proud to be able to donate £1,000 to them on World Mental Health Day.

“Mental wellbeing is important at all times, however the evidence shows that during this pandemic, mental health issues have spiked dramatically, making it even more important to do our bit to support those who work tirelessly to help those in mental health difficulty.”

Joe Sabien, CEO and Founder of Sea Sanctuary, said, “Tom’s willingness to support our charity is particularly kind in the current pandemic and is very much appreciated by the entire Sea Sanctuary team. This donation will enable us to support more vulnerable people who greatly need our help. Thank you.”

For every Uplift 2.0 sold on Tom’s website, £10 will be donated to the charity.