There have been different parts to my working life, mostly the Fire service and marine conservation, particularly marine mammals, and a bit of overseas guiding and development. I have chosen to support charities that reflect this.

The Fire Fighters Charity offers specialist lifelong support for members of the UK’s fire services community, empowering individuals to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughout their lives.

Through the provision of personalised support, tailored to the specific needs of each of our beneficiaries, our expert teams deliver the right support, in the right way, in the right place and at the right time to ensure the best long-term results for everyone we work with.

Colin Wood, Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Whales and dolphins face huge challenges but WDC is determined to fight for them wherever and whenever we can. We’re making sure we focus our expertise and passion on the most important areas and where we believe we can make the biggest difference.

End captivity Whales and dolphins have a right to live free and healthy lives. These highly intelligent individuals should not suffer for human entertainment.

Stop whaling Commercial whaling is illegal. And yet, every year, Japan, Norway and Iceland kill around 1,500 whales.

Create healthy seas Commercial fishing, oil and gas drilling, and shipping are threatening the lives of whales and dolphins.

Prevent deaths in nets Hundreds of thousands are accidentally caught and killed in fishing gear every year.

Important Update. Given the recent invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent humanitarian crisis I have decided to amend my challenge to also raise funds for relief efforts. The emergency workers in Ukraine are doing a truly amazing job under the most horrific conditions and risks.

After every bombing they are there looking to rescue casualties and am sure they are viewed as legitimate targets as there is no regard for human life or international laws.

I now intend to help support Fire Aid, a charity organising the collection and delivery of fire fighting equipment from the UK fire service to the State Emergency Services of Ukraine (15 fire engines were delivered in March 2022).