Organisers of the Boardmasters surf and music festival have donated more than £13,500 to primary and secondary schools in the Newquay area.   

The Boardmasters Foundation, the charitable arm of the annual event, has given £1,500 each to various schools including Treviglas Academy, St Columb Minor Academy, Bishops Academy, Newquay Tretherras and Newquay Junior Academy. 

Boardmasters chief executive Andrew Topham and festival director Gaby Williams have been visiting the schools to present cheques.   

Some of the schools are putting the money towards breakfast clubs, beach schools and social needs resources.   

St Columb Minor Academy is using the money to send its choir to a national competition at the London O2 later this year, while Bishops Academy is using the cash to improve its early years nature-based play area.  

This year the foundation is supporting more than 38 organisations in Cornwall with £105,000 raised in 2022 in association with the festival which takes places at Fistral and Watergate Bay.

Boardmasters has also teamed up with the Schools Consent Project and It Happens Education. The foundation has provided £5,000 to run a series of workshops and webinars to tackle topics such as consent to equip young people with the information they need before arriving on site. Workshops have already taken place at Truro High School and Treviglas Academy.