The Malcolm Whales Foundation



Annual reports 2016 to 2019




Charity annual review 2019


Another year draws to a close, the 11 years have passed with such speed. Only now when I sit down to write the review does it allow us to come up for air and realise quite what has been achieved in the last 12 months.


Each year sees the charity continue to grow. Last year, I described that it feels like we had become a ‘real charity’, we were no longer a ‘sponsored walk’ that simply raised money for charity. This year that sort of thinking feels like ancient history. We are now having massive impact and are continuing to learn and improve as an organisation. The £10,000 Woodlands project has been our biggest project ever and whilst it took a massive amount of time and energy, it remains our most significant project to date. If anything, it has created a bigger drive for the next challenge!


The lasting impact this year has been the amount of ‘buy in’ from people. So many individuals have taken the charity to their hearts and really emotionally connected with us. Alongside this has been an increase in school involvement and other organisations becoming part of the journey. The pride we all feel as contributors to TMWF, is something amazing and fills me, the team and all involved with such positivity.


Below I have tried to document the 12 months of 2019 - thank you for all your support and energy.


Fundraising events


The Dorset Walk


The biggest ever 270 people walking. Littleport and Witchford were new additions. Ely, Ken Stimpson and Prince William all present and correct. A tremendous ex-student turn out. All contributing to £50,000 being raised. Other highlights the new field, Bella the dog, new logos, Mr Bilson’s write up.


London Marathon


In April, Verity Fretwell became our first ever runner in the Marathon. An incredible achievement from one of our Patrons, raising almost £3,000 for TMWF. Hopefully some of this money will make its way to Addenbrookes during 2020.


Cambridge Half Marathon


Tara Warren decided to support TMWF and run the Cambridge Half Marathon she managed to raise just over £200. She was also joined by Verity in her preparation for London.


Colchester Half Marathon 


Kathryn Wright, Malcolm’s niece, ran the half marathon in October and managed to raise £370.


Peterborough Half


Becky German raised over £600 before a combination of injury and race cancellation put pay to the actual event.


Fun day


The fourth annual Fishing and Farm Fun Day was hosted at Rockery Waters on the hottest     day ever recorded on planet Earth, an amazing £850 was raised.


12 hours of sport


This year’s 12 hours of sport was held on the 6th December with a record number of participants and schools taking part. Ely College, Ken Stimpson, Witchford, LECA, Stamford Welland and Thomas Clarkson took part. 681 students took part rasing £14,000 in one day.




Team Marley again organised their annual Netball fundraiser at Kings Ely. They managed to raise £633.



For the first time Jack Emery and Arif Ahmed hosted and organised a charity badminton tournament at the Paradise Centre in Ely raising £650.


Bounce-a-thon at Oundle

Neil Welsh, organised a joint fundraiser for PWS and TMWF. The final amount is yet to be  confirmed.


Norwich Football

The Ely RDP Football & Education group used TMWF as their charity of choice again.


Listers BMW

For the second year running Listers hosted their Christmas Market and again raised money for TMWF raising just over £200.


Significant donations


Parent donation 

We received an anonymous donation of £1250 from a parent prior to this year’s Dorset Walk.


Taunton School

As one of Taunton School’s charities of the year, thanks to Alex Collard, they donated £1000.


Three Horseshoes Wistow

The local pub in Wistow has taken TMWF as its chosen charity and has already donated £200 via the donation bucket on the bar.


Upwood Primary school 

TMWF has been chosen as one of their charities of the year and the school are hosting a Dancathon during this academic year.


Andy O’Neil

For Andy’s 60th party rather than receive presents he requested donations to TMWF raising £403.75.


Theatre Artz 

In December we received notification that Theatre Artz a Dance School in Huntingdon was going to use TMWF as their charity for their dance show. We were staggered when they confirmed they raised £2500.


St James Place Bank

As my dad’s previous employer, SJP made another donation of £2500 this year. There was also a personal donation of £500 from Jo Potts (SJP).


Ben Gibbs

Has continued to make monthly donations for another year.




Donations made by TWMF in 2019


Swanage Family

We made a donation to a family in Swanage to make some adjustments to their house to assist with their son’s cancer treatment.


Coast path 

Each year we make a £1 per person donation to SWCP to assist with the maintenance of the path we use each  year.


Huntingdon Community Cancer Network

Early in 2019 we made a significant donation to fund the HCCN men's cancer support group.


Tily donation

We paid for this cancer affected family to have a weekend away at Cadbury’s World.


Climbing Out

Their August Climbing Our week in the Peak District was part funded TMWF. I went to stay and abseiled over an 80ft bridge!


Edgars Gift 

Our annual donation was made to Edgars Gift - helping provide free holidays for cancer affected families.


Woodlands project

Our biggest project ever. £10,000 to create a wellbeing garden at the Woodlands Cancer Centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The garden was opened in May by the Duke of Kent.





-Prudential Ride London -  we have 4 places available for 2020.

-12 hours - Dwain Chambers attended the Witchford event.

-Radio Cambs breakfast interview about the 12 hours and TMWF - I cried!

-No Golf Day this year.

-Upwood PTA donation - our marquees attended the summer fete.

-Jack Emery world tour -#tshirtsontour went everywhere!

-Banners - for Malcom Whales

-Container landed at Pidley HQ

-Si Michell - painted the Woodlands Mural at Hinchingbrooke.

-Keith Bilsons write up about the walk.

-Presentation night on the walk.

-#tshirtsontour went to Japan, Sydney, Singapore, New Zealand, New York, LA, Maldives, Texas, Germany, France, India and lots of other places

-Elliot Littlefield offered his services and re-branded us,he is developing the website (criticising my handy work!!). A huge addition to the team!!

-630 mile walker - Mo and Gizmo joined us for a stroll

-Quite a lot of company sponsors stepped up to help us with walk t-shirt sponsorship and more.

-Facebook live went mad on the walk again and the Facebook reviews continue to land!

-Woodlands Facebook soap opera was enjoyed by thousands online.


Next year


Edgars Gift - annual donation

Climbing Out - annual donation

Agreed the Peterborough Hospital 50k refurb!!

Patients conference - funding a cancer conference in Leicester

Golf Society - this should be launched in partnership with the Three Horseshoes Wistow

Walk number 12 - maybe with 400 people!

12 hours of sport 4th December - more schools?

Fishing partnership being launched


Money raised in 2019 = £73,000 (2018 - £40,000)

Total raised to date = £255,000 (end of 2018 - £182,000)


Trustees - Damien Whales, Stuat Patman, Jack Edge, Tony McInally, Coutney Pettifor, James German, Neil Welsh and Doug Bentley

Patrons - Geoff Bonnett, Liz Whales, Andy Emery, Ben Gibbs, Chris Mathews, Zoe Marley, Verity Fretwell, Jason Coe, Charlotte Fretwell.


Twitter - @malcolmwhales - 467 (314) followers, @TMWF-Dorsetwalk - 504 (492) followers

Facebook - @themalcolmwhalesfoundation - (955) 1412 followers

Instagram - @tmwf_dorsetwalk - 505 (262) followers

Website hits -  152240 (108445)



Thank you to everyone involved this year.


Damien Whales


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Charity annual review 2018


This year I have the privilege of reviewing our first decade of charity work! The charity has grown in all senses of the the word. 2018 has included the largest number of charitable events, the most amount of money and the biggest number of people involved.


As ever these things don’t happen by accident, there is a significant number of volunteers who sit behind the scenes and make all these things possible. These include the trustees and a growing group of volunteers, all who give significant time to make these events a reality. Although sometimes difficult to mention individuals, I want to give particular thanks to Stuart who gives so much time and effort to the charity. A fantastic moment this year when we walked our 400th mile of the Dorset Walk. I would also like to thank Jack Edge who has worked incredibly hard and continues to make an amazing impact on the charity. A big thanks to everybody who has contributed.


In terms of fundraising, it is pleasing to report another excellent year! In total we have raised just over a staggering £40,000. Meaning in the past 10 years we have raised £182,000. In 2019 we will smash the £200,000 mark!


Fundraising events


(i) Dorset Walk 2018 


This year saw almost identical numbers to last year with 165 walkers taking to the Dorset coastline, all contributing to almost the same amount being raised, approximately £20,000!


We are again extremely thankful to this years sponsors Double G Clothing and Barracudas Children's Camps who sponsored the tshirts saving us £3000 and All-undercover for the donation of a marquee for the weekend. Other companies that donated financially  included Lattenbury Farms, Nuclear Races and the Challenger Trust.  Assisting with the cost of the food included Tescos, Morrisons, Corkers and Stilton Butchers.


The schools that attended were Ely College, Prince William and for the first time Ken Stimpson.


Highlights of the year were again the popularity of Facebook Live, the lodges proved popular along with the hot tub post walk, the finger puppets, the heat wave and how dry the campsite was, no Tony through illness, Ethan walked 40 miles, Jake’s first walk, no Hills or Long (year 13 finish) and Challenger Trust introduction.


(ii) 10 Year Anniversary Walk - 4th August


A fantastic event that celebrated our 10th year. We walked 20 miles from Kingston to Ossmington. Lots of ex-students taking part on the hottest day ever! We also went  Coasteering the day before.


(iii) Golf day at St Ives


Thanks to Jack Edge for organising the golf day at St Ives. Fantastic weather until the massive thunderstorm in the evening. So dry that the balls were lost in the cracks. Sponsored by Parker Rose Kitchens. James German did a great job on refreshment duties, until he let Ethan drive through a bunker. £2500 raised.



(iv) Farm Fun Day Rookery Waters


Rookery Waters in Pidley, for the third year, ran a free family fun day. Again The Malcolm Whales Foundation helped out with the organisation. This was the year of the Facebook discussion surrounding the suitability of the event. Another great year, thank you James, Claire and all the volunteers. £640 raised.


(v) 12 hours sport


The schools that took part this year were - Ely College, Witchford, Littleport, Stamford Welland and Ken Stimpson. Ken Stimpson 14th December all the other 7th December. Over £9,000 raised.


(vi) Christmas Market 10th December


For the first time Listers BMW hosted a Christmas Market at their dealership. They decided to donate all monies raised to the Foundation. Ethan and Damien Whales attended and sold raffle tickets. The prizes were donated by all of the stall holders. A big thank you to Listers, all the stall holders and in particular to AJ Bonnett. £664 rasied


(v) Buckfest Saturday 14th July


Buckfest is a music festival based in Bucken, Huntingdon. They use their festival as a fundraiser for charity. Each year they choose 2 charities to support. TMWF were fortunate to be chosen this year, as a result we receive a £2,000 donation.Thanks to Keldy, Fred, Tony, Kate and Naomi for helping out at the event.


What we supported this year:


- Climbing Out - we sponsored the May programme for young people affected by cancer. A fantastic charity partner.  

- Edgars Gift - we donated again to enable young families to have free holidays at the caravan we helped purchase last year. Another annual partnership.

- Harry Johnson Trust - - a donation of £2500 to complete the childrens cancer garden at Telford hospital.

- Ryley - TMWF purchased a a young man who required walking frame to assist with his mobility.

- Sailability Boat - ‘The Malcolm Whales’ was delivered in April this year. A boat be used by people facing significant injury or illness.

- Hinchingbrooke, Woodlands - committed £10,000 to create a garden at the cancer ward in Huntingdon.

- Amelia Martin - TMWF donated £500 to support the fundraising of a Ramsey lady to get essential medical treatment.

- South West Coastal Path - As part of their major October fundraising TMWF donated £500 to the charity which maintains the coastal path that we walk every year.

- Childrens ward at Hinchingbrooke - TMWF bought and donated the Christmas tree and decorations for Hollys Childrens ward at HInchingbrooke.



Patrons and Trustees


Current Trustees - Damien Whales, Stuart Patman, Jack Edge, Doug Bentley, Tony McInally, Jack Emery, Neil Welsh, Courtney Pettifor and James Thorpe.


Current Patrons -Geoff Bonnett, Liz Whales, Andy Emery, Chris Matthews*, Ben Gibbs*, Zoe Marley*. (*new this year)  


Other news in 2018:


* Scoreboard at Rugby - Thanks to Fred German who produced a TMWF scoreboard for Huntingdon Rugby Club.

* Team Hutton - Becky and Jon joined the team this year. Their help on camp was hugely appreciated.

* Rob Balchin - Rob picked up the camp chef role and did a great job. Hopefully many more to come!

* Gazebo donated - Thanks to David Wait at Serpentine Green for donating the TWMF gazebo. It looks amazing!

* Welshy’s dad - Alan Welsh has recovered from his Bowel Cancer and is now helping with our link with HCCN.

* Tony - Due to illness Tony McInally missed the walk. We hope he will be back in future years.

* Ken Stimpson - joined the walk for the first time. We are hoping for a long lasting partnership.

* Challenger Trust - have showed real interest in the walk. They sponsored the walk this year and Jez, a representative, participated this year with view for the Trust         joining next year.

* Bowel Cancer article in Cambs evening news - In August Damien was contacted by the Cambridge News who wrote a piece on Bowel Cancer and included TMWF significantly in the article.

* Oliver Jenkins - hopefully Oliver will be joining the team to help us with our digital output. Perhaps Jamie could help him.


T-shirts on tour


This year the t-shirts have been everywhere including Kenya, South Africa, Rome, Madeira, Canada, Loch Ness, Zante, Thailand, Spain, France, Texas, New Zealand, Vegas and Iceland. (see here)


Social Media


Twitter - @malcolmwhales - 314 followers, @TMWF-Dorsetwalk - 492 followers

Facebook - @themalcolmwhalesfoundation - 955 followers

Instagram - @tmwf_dorsetwalk - 262 followers

#Website hits - 108445


The Outlook for 2019:


- Woodlands should be completed

- HCCN partneship should be in place

- Next years walk looks to be massive

- Swanage family donation should have been finalised.

- Andy O‘Neill has requested donations for TMWF rather than receive presents.

- Taunton school - will hopefully be fundraising for TMWF as one of their charities for the year.

- London marathon - Vertiy Fretwell will be running the marathon for TMWF.


Overall the charity, that was ‘the Dorset Walk’, has become a ‘real’ charity. The impact we are having is fantastic, so many people are now involved and aware of us. All the hard work getting us out there is starting to bear fruit as we are now being approached and people are wanting to support us. This is obviously alongside all the donations and support we are now able to provide.


As ever I am extremely proud of what we are achieving. Thank you all.


Damien Whales


TMWF Chairman







Charity Annual review 2017


The annual review allows me to look back at what was the 9th year of the charity. The team of Trustees are becoming stronger; as the charity grows their support and hard work has become increasingly appreciated.  Doug Bentley, Tony McInally, Courtney Pettifor, Jack Edge, James Thorp, Jack Emery and Neil Welsh, thank you so much for your efforts. Most of all, thanks to Stuart Patman who has been involved since the very start and walked every mile of the 360 Dorset miles to date.


In terms of fundraising, it is pleasing to report another excellent year! In total we have raised a staggering £31,939 through a number of charitable events. Meaning, over the past 9 years we have now raised £141,939. In 2018 we are on course to break the £150,000 mark.


How did we raise the money?


(i) Dorset Walk 2017


This year saw record breaking numbers with 165 walkers taking to the Dorset coastline - all contributing to the £20,000 we managed to raise!


This year, we were kindly sponsored by several different companies. A huge thanks to Standen who sponsored the t-shirts for all 3 days, All-undercover for the donation of a marquee for the weekend and to Tescos and Morrrisons for their donation of food and drink for the participants.


Highlights of the year were the introduction of Facebook Live, which created a fantastic interactive dimension between the walkers and their supporters, and the first time a lodge had been rented by some participants, which enabled some to use the hot tub!!


Again, the two major schools that contributed to the numbers were Ely College and Prince William. There was a strong contingent of ex-Ely students from Hills and Long Road. Unfortunately Rushden Academy dropped out at the last minute.


(ii) Rookery Waters Fun Day


Rookery Waters in Pidley, for the second year, ran a free family fun day. This year The Malcolm Whales Foundation helped out with the organisation and in return, any donations were gladly given to the charity, enabling us to raise £520.


(iii) Barnham Broom Golf Day


The Charity golf day took place at Barnham Broom in Norfolk on 25th August. A number of teams across the region took part in the 4 BBB format. The weather was better than we could have possibly hoped for and with some generous donations the event raised £6319.


(iv) Charity Rock Night


In June, Jay Fullarton as part of his Extended Project organised a music event at the Blue Moon in Cambridge. Thanks to his efforts he managed to raise £220.



(v) 12 hours sport


On the 8th December both Ely College and Ken Stimpson hosted their 12 hours of sport on the same day. Both schools managed to involve 100 students from their respective schools, enabling a staggering £4000 to be raised in just 12 hours. Unfortunately, Rushden Academy were unable to participate in December and hope to host the event in early 2018.



This year’s TMWF donations



Edgars Gift


•£1500 to provide free holidays for any families affected by cancer. These are available at Edgars Gifts caravan on the Lincolnshire coast.

•£500 for wishes that can be used at any time.




•£7,500 to buy a new sailboat that can be used by people/families affected by cancer or other serious disabilities.

•The boat is to be called ‘The Malcolm Whales’ and will be available at Grafham Water from early 2018.



Climbing Out


•£10,000 was paid to provide a full week for cancer sufferers to come together and for Climbing Out to work its magic.

•This year we received thank you letters from the participants, which testified to the incredible impact that Climbing Out has and their appreciation for our support.


Christmas donations


•Following the 12 hours of sport on 8th December - Ken Stimpson donated £500 to the Peterborough Hospital for their Christmas appeal.  Ely College donated £500 to the Children’s cancer ward at Addenbrookes.


The George Pantziarka TP53 Trust


•A charity supporting people affected by Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS). We hope to have donated £2500 to support their research through Dundee University.


Family support donation


•For the first time this year we gave a grant of £250 to enable a family affected by cancer, to have a holiday away.



Press coverage


We have again had some excellent press coverage, The Ely Standard in particular continues to be a keen supporter.

Spotted in Ely has also given us some fabulous coverage across social medias.

The Dorset Echo wrote a very nice article to raise awareness down in Dorset.




Current Patrons – Andy Emery, Liz Whales and Geoff Bonnett. We hope to add a couple more in January 2018.


T-shirts on tour


This year’s destinations included:


South Africa – Jack Edge                           Kenya – Abi Haynes and co

Cyprus – James and Clair German              Canada – Oscar Edwards

Portugal – Frazer Hutton                           Cyprus #2 – Dom Hunt & Sophie Woodbridge

Spain – James Gould                                 Isles of Scilly – Adam Tucker

Italy – Stuart Patman                                Spain – Team Haynes

Portugal – Ben Gibbs                                 North Sumatra – Jason Coe

Cape Verde – Team Emery


Other news:


•The year saw us invest in our infrastructure for the walk. We are continually trying to and make improvements to the event. Simple things like tables, chairs, banners, flags etc were bought this year.

•For the first time we have regular monthly finacial contributors – Ben Gibbs, Karen Sutton and  Lorna Stanley all donating a monthly amount. Many thanks!

•Neil Welsh, one of our trustees, has had a family cancer scare. Alan, Neil’s dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Fortunately, it was caught early enough and following surgery the signs are looking good. We would like to wish Alan a speedy recovery.


Finally, thanks to everybody who has supported us financially, or through time and effort. It is appreciated enormously.


Onwards and upwards!


Damien Whales


TMWF Chairman





Charity Annual review 2016




This is the first annual report that I have written. The intention is to make them a very short and concise summary of the year past.

Before I do that I would like to indulge slightly, in what has been achieved since my Dad’s death in 2008.

We set out in July 2009 for the first of our Dorset walks, we managed to raise £6000, with fewer than 30 participants. It was an incredible success, everyone that took part thoroughly enjoyed the walk; we had awoken a sleeping giant. In 2012 we set up The Malcolm Whales Foundation, by 2016 we had raised in excess of £100,000, a truly remarkable achievement.

On a personal level, the pride I feel from the creation of the charity, is beyond measure. Walking down the Weymouth seafront with my eldest son, in memory of my Dad, will remain one of the proudest moments of my life! I hope both my boys become involved and help me and the trustees continue to drive the charity from strength to strength. Many people say to me ‘your Dad would be very proud’, I truly hope so. The charity embodies many of his beliefs and passions, long may it continue!


2016 Charitable Events


2016 was the year that may never have been. Ely College had been a fantastic supporter of the charity. Unfortunately a change in leadership resulted in some very short sighted and bizarre decision making. It threw a big cloud over the walk, the students were extremely upset and took on the leadership and even wrote to the local press to gather support for the walk.

In the end, we had to organise the walk in the summer holidays. Which as expected had a hugely negative impact on the number of people able to participate. In spite of the low numbers; the addition of RAF Wyton, Climbing Out and other non-school participants has probably enabled us to broaden our horizons.

Other positives though must include the reinvention of the 12 hours of sport, with Ely and Rushden combining to raise £2600.

Charity partners

We have added Edgars Gift as an official partner. Climbing Out remains an ongoing partner and this year we created a more unofficial link with Sailability; mostly though the support of Fred German (Keldy’s Dad and a volunteer with Sailability, at Grafham Water).


Our Charitable donations in 2016 where:


•£4,000 to Edgars Gift. The money was used for purchase a holiday home, providing free holidays for cancer sufferers.

•£2500 to Sailability. This helped the creation of a new clubhouse for their participants.

•£500 donation to the Doddinton guides who were raising money for children’s cancer.

•There was no donation to Climbing Out this year due to their restructuring and rebuilding activities. The week’s sponsorship for 2017 has already been confirmed




There were changes in the Trustees. Geoff Bonnett stood down as trustee and has become a founding patron for the charity.

We added Jack Edge and Neil Welsh to our group of Trustees. The Current team are: Damien Whales, Stuart Patman, Doug Bentley, Tony McInally, James Thorp, Courtney Pettifor, Jack Emery, Neil Welsh and Jack Edge.




Thanks to:


•Frontier Agri for their £500 to the 2016 walk costs.

•Greys of Ely for the sponsorship of the coach and travel.


Press coverage


Both the Ely Standard and Ely Weekly news remain fantastic supporters of the walk, thank you for the fantastic coverage. Including the front page of the Weekly news!



We have finished the year financially strong. Whilst we have set up partnerships with Edgars Gift and Climbing Out, we are still very much looking for more causes to support.


The year ahead


The walk looks set to be the biggest yet, there is an outside possibility we might make 150 participants.

Liz Whales (my Mum) in her role as Ladies Captain at Barnham Broom, has made the Malcolm Whales Foundation her charity of the year. There is a golf day on the 25th August 2017.

We are hope to grow a strong partnership with Edgars Gift, Climbing Out and TMWF all working together. A meeting is planned for early in the year to get the 3 charities together.

We would welcome increased uptake in both of our major events. The goal for the walk is 500 participants. The 12 hours, I would simply like as many schools involved as possible.


Finally thanks to everybody who has supported us financially or through time and effort. It is appreciated enormously.


Onwards and upwards!


Damien Whales


TMWF Chairman