Whale & Dolphin News…..Hedgehogs…… A Very Real Christmas Gift….

by Bernie Bell - 10:36 on 19 November 2022

Whale & Dolphin News….

‘Whale & Dolphin Conservation’  https://uk.whales.org/  are bringing together scientists from all over the world to share ideas. They will deliver the evidence needed to, hopefully, convince policymakers to save whales and dolphins by fighting the climate crisis…..


Their team were able to represent whales at The International Whaling Commission… https://uk.whales.org/our-4-goals/stop-whaling/campaigning-at-the-international-whaling-commission/ where governments make major decisions about whale hunting and whale conservation.  Campaigner Katrin was there and she shares her experience….


They’re part of #JingleJam2022, the biggest charity live-streaming event held by The Yogscast, and are calling on supporters to stream this December for WDC to help them to raise vital funds…..


People in Scotland are helping to build a picture of the personalities and lives of a special group of Risso's dolphins. Discover how this benefits the dolphins and how you can get involved…..


You can help whales and dolphins with your Christmas shopping.  W&DC work with some wonderful retail partners who support them through selected products……


And finally…..

Giving Tuesday is nearly here and W&DC would like to tell you about the amazing Shorewatch volunteers and Risso's dolphin project in Scotland. Get ready to show your support on Tuesday or donate today!






And Then There’s Hedgehogs….

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society  have an online shop which is full of every hedgehoggy thing you can imagine including their calendar - 12 appealing pictures of hedgehogs to keep you company for the year - and this is on SPECIAL OFFER - £8.50 including postage - but you need to phone up to order it (some complicated reason I do not understand!) 01584 890801


A Very Real Christmas Gift….

I received the following email from ‘Freedom From Torture’….

I must admit I don’t see the point of  some of the things in the boxes – but I presume that the people at Freedom from Torture have worked out what will most  benefit the recipients.  Maybe pens & notebook to express how they feel?  And it might just feel good to have something which isn’t purely practical for a change.

A concrete, actual gift for people in a bad situation – we’re getting one of each of the Christmas Care box and Mother and Baby box…..

“Bernie, the government is clearly trying to make this the harshest winter yet for refugees and torture survivors. 

Tiny living allowances, spiralling costs and endless scapegoating in the media are piling pressure on people trying to build new lives after horrific trauma, often alone in an unfamiliar country. 

At times like this, simply knowing others stand with you can be a huge lift. Do that for a torture survivor now by buying one of our Christmas care boxes. Just choose one from our online shop and it’ll be sent directly to a torture survivor. 

Certain politicians are hell bent on making our country inhospitable to torture survivors. But, Bernie, we don’t have to accept that. Buy a torture survivor one of our Christmas care boxes now, and show them they belong here.

Buy a Christmas care box

Buy a mother and baby box

Browse all gifts on our shop

I’d love you to see the face of someone who has survived torture when they receive a pack. First they feel the box in their hands, see the ribbons, and then carefully open the parcel to find the useful supplies inside. It’s a truly special moment. 

After years of trauma, it means everything for a kind stranger to welcome them in this way. Whether it’s desperately needed hats and gloves, children’s toys, or something else the gift will have a value well beyond the price tag. 

This year, I hope every torture survivor we work with receives a gift. But we need as many of you as possible to buy a pack. Can you be one of those special supporters that helps us hit this target? Buy a gift on our online shop now from as low as £3.  

Buy a Christmas care box

Buy a mother and baby box

Browse all gifts on our shop

Our community has all this year resisted the forces of hate together. Buying one (or more!) of these Christmas care boxes is one more small way of creating a welcoming country. Plus, the money funds our therapy services and campaigning.

I know for many people it’s a tough time right now. But if you can afford to buy a torture survivor a gift, I know the person lucky enough to receive it would appreciate it forever. 

Thanks for everything you do, 

Tara Hayes
Head of Supporter Engagement and Fundraising 


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/06/10/people/


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