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Be a Home Hero

During 2020 our amazing supporters became lockdown home heroes!

Inspired by the London Marathon's 2.6 Challenge, you got creative and raised funds virtually for WDC, providing vital support whilst all our fundraising events and activities were cancelled as a result of the pandemic - and, sadly, that's still the case this year.

Our 2020 Home Heroes came up with some brilliant virtual fundraising ideas: everything from dizzying front flips on a trampoline, listening to Christmas songs on a loop, dancing, a reading marathon and learning all the capital cities of the world for a test on Zoom. You'll find more ideas below and we're here to help - we're working from home so just contact us at

Thank you from everyone at WDC - we truly appreciate any support you can give during these unprecedented times.

WDC Great Migration


The 2021 WDC Great Migration is underway!

Collectively, our amazing walkers covered around 3,000 miles last year - about the same distance as one leg of a humpback whale's migration. From 5 miles to 100 miles, with four-legged friends or alone, every step counted towards this impressive total and the fantastic amount raised in sponsorship.

As well as helping to protect whales and dolphins, walking is good for our physical and mental well-being so come and join our pod.

Ideas for walks, distances and our walking-themed playlist are here.

PE Challenge prizes



Beat the boredom and have fin-tastic fun exercising with WDC's brand new Alphabet PE Challenge.  It's easy to take part and suitable for all ages and abilities.

The top fundraiser will receive a fantastic prize and there's a fab t-shirt for everyone who raises £75 or more in sponsorship. What's more, everyone who fundraises will receive a small (and useful) Thank You gift for taking part.

Download the Instructions, Alphabet Key and, if you don't want to set up a JustGiving page, print off a paper Sponsorship Form

Have any questions or need any help?  Get in touch at

PE Challenge t shirts
Humpy and calf

Climb Every Mountain

Well, perhaps not every mountain!   How many times do you have to go up and down stairs to reach the peak of your chosen hill or mountain?

Scafell Pike (978m), Snowdon (1085m), Ben Nevis (1345m), Kilimanjaro  (5895m), Hungry Hill (685m), Brandon Mountain (952m), Slieve Donard  (850m), Pen-y-Fan (886m), Cadair Idris (893m)

And if you're missing Glastonbury, its famous Tor is just 158m!  Keep motivated by listening to your favourite Glasto playlist as you climb.

Set up a JustGiving page for donations and link it to Strava to keep track of your climb. Tag us in @whalesorg on socials as you climb and send us a photo of you celebrating at the summit!

Birthday cake

Donate your Birthday

More 'stuff' at home than space?  Fed up of excessive packaging on presents?  Don't need or want anything in particular?

By asking people to give you donations for WDC instead of birthday presents (or any other celebration) you'll help give the gift of freedom to captive whales and dolphins. Set up a JustGiving page so that friends and family can leave a birthday greeting along with their donation.

And, don't forget, if you're a younger WDC supporter,  it counts towards your Dolphin Defenders Award too.

We'd love to send you a beautiful whale or dolphin birthday card for your special day - just let us know you'll be donating your birthday by emailing your name, address, date of your birthday and age (if you wish) to

crochet whales


Sell home-made whale and dolphin-themed items to raise funds to support our work.

Lots of free patterns online for knitting/crocheting etc.

Maddies beanie hat

The Stay Inn or Home Cinema

Host a Quiz Night and charge a small fee to take part - 50% to the winner and 50% to WDC.  Contact us for a quiz about whales and dolphins.

Use Netflix Party Chrome Extension to host a movie night for friends and family and donate the cost of a cinema ticket and/or popcorn to WDC.

IMG_7242 - Rob Lott

Share your Skills

Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, paint, draw, knit, sew or bake beautiful cakes?

Can you give a photography tutorial, teach yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi or a foreign language?

Give an online class and set up a JustGiving page for donations.


Beluga whales - Little Grey and Little White

Gained a few lbs or £s

If you want to get fit, why not be sponsored to run, cycle or walk to do just that!  Set up your own sponsored event or join the WDC Great Migration to walk for whales.

Alternatively, if working from home saves you £s on bus, train or tube fares, or putting petrol in the tank, a few £s would help us to empty more tanks of a different kind.

Humpback breaching

Virtual  Sleepovers

Brownies, Cubs and groups can still meet online and earn a badge or two!

Use Zoom to enjoy a bedtime story together (whale or dolphin-themed of course) then complete our Dolphin Defender Award after breakfast together the next day.

For simple ideas and activities, contact

Common dolphin

Brave the Shave

Two of our fantastic supporters raised over £1,200 by being sponsored to lose their hair.  One even pledged to shave his eyebrows in return for more donations.

Send us a 'before' and 'after' photo so we can admire your new look and, with your permission, feature you in one of our magazines.



More Ideas and Inspiration

school children with dolphins and Chippenham Deputy Mayor

Flippin' Awesome

More easy fundraising ideas for children, whether at home or at school.

Armchair Challenge

Love orcas? Love to game?

Set up a Gamers for Orcas challenge and help protect awesome orcas. For ideas and help, contact 

Great North swim

Make a Splash

Swimming events for all ages and abilities: from Swim Serpentine to WDC's Big Splash Swim.

Perrin's beaked whale distribution map

Seriously Challenging

Fancy skydiving, climbing Kili or El Teide, or a cycling challenge further afield?

We'll help you find what you're looking for!


In Memory Giving

Donating or fundraising in memory of a loved one is an incredibly special way to remember them.   Your funeral director can forward cheques to us or you can set up a page for donations on JustGiving, Memory Giving or Muchloved.

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin with calf
Risso's dolphin

Amazon Wish List

Support our vital research projects by purchasing something from our Amazon Wish List for our Science team.  Items can be sent directly to our office but please let us know via what you're buying so that we can thank you.