British Divers Marine Life Rescue


BDMLR Christmas Raffle 2018

Celebrating 30 years
of Marine Animal Rescue

British Divers Marine Rescue

BDMLR 2018 Christmas Raffle!

This year's BDMLR Christmas Raffle has been the most successful yet!

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to our fantastic friends who donated prizes. The raffle ended on December 10th 2018 and the first and second prizes were drawn, so congratulations to Dai from South Wales (1st prize) and to Corinne from East Lothian (2nd prize). The draw for the remaining prizes will be made in January and those winners will be contacted then.

Won by Dai from South Wales. Donated by the owner Abbie Cheeseman, top prize is a three night break at a beautiful self-catering cottage in Marazion, Cornwall. The Old Forge is a cosy converted granite blacksmith's forge in the beautiful Cornish seaside town of Marazion, with exposed stone walls, real wood flooring and a cast iron log burner.

It boasts a range of beautiful original features including the old blacksmith's shop front.

The property has two bedrooms - a double and twin. The double room features an old exposed chimney breast and velux windows - perfect for stargazing on a clear night. The twin room has a beautiful exposed granite wall and original wooden beam.


Marazion is on the South West coast path with beautiful beaches (including a dog-friendly year-round beach - the cottage is dog-friendly as well!) great for walking and bathing, and famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing.  This break must be taken before the end of April 2019 and not
over the Christmas, New Year or Easter bank holidays.


Won by Corinne from East Lothian. This incredible whale tail has been hand crafted from reclaimed stainless steel and mounted on a slate base and stand around 21cm high with the slate being 26cm long.  Donated by sculptor Graham Anderton, these sell for around £400 and no two are ever alike - they are truly amazing.  See Graham's work here.


Won by Mo from Devon. When you're out in the wild watching wildlife, having decent equipment makes all the difference. These fantastic Savannah R 10x33 binoculars donated by Opticron will help you get the most out of your day.



Won by Nicola from North Wales. We're not all divers at BDMLR, but those of us who are appreciate a quality product. This underwater torch, donated by Ledlenser, will brighten up the darkest waters and help you see the wonders of the marine environment. See the range of Ledlenser products here.


A family (2 adults + 2 children) wildlife trip in the Moray Firth, Scotland, from Findhorn with North 58°. The Firth’s amazing and abundant wildlife is made accessible to the budding explorer on 2-hour long wildlife adventures. Offering a unique combination of adventure, exhilaration and the joy of close encounters with the marine life and incredible scenery. See the website of North 58° here.


A Sea Safari trip for two from Newquay, Cornwall with Atlantic Diving, one of the most established and experienced diving and marine adventure business in Cornwall. Chris and Annabelle Lowe are also two of the friendliest people you could wish to meet and are passionate about their work and deeply committed to providing the best diving or marine wildlife experience. Valid from April to June 30th 2019. See Atlantic Diver's website here.

£50 discount any wildlife boat or diving trip out of Oban, Scotland with Sealife Adventures. Sealife Adventures operate whale and wildlife watching boat trips from Oban on the west coast of Scotland, overlooking Mull (trip cannot be in July or August).The area is exceptional for porpoises, minke whales, dolphins, basking sharks, otters and seals. Bird watching highlights include sea eagles, golden eagles, puffins and a great variety of seabirds. See their website here.


Won by Kathryn from Cornwall.
A wildlife boat trip with Marine Discovery of Penzance for two. This three-hour trip for two on Shearwater II, a sailing catamaran, is sure to be a memorable experience and is definitely one for the true wildlife enthusiast, with seals, seabirds, common, bottlenosed or Risso's dolphins, harbour porpoises, minke whales, basking sharks and even ocean sunfish having been seen regularly. Valid throughout 2019. See their website here.


A 2 hour wildlife boat trip for two in Cardigan Bay, Wales. A guided boat trip with New Quay’s experts to see bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, seals and birds that visit this beautiful part of the Welsh coastline. These trips support the research of the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre as each trip carries a volunteer researcher from CBMWC. For more details see here.

Won by Linda from Devon.






Won by Robert from London: An autographed copy of Charlie Phillp's photographic history of the dolphins of the Moray Firth, On a Rising Tide. Charlie is a renowned wildlife photographer who has won numerous awards, with his work appearing in publications and online around the world. During the summer months he is often at Chanonry Point as WDC's Field Officer, welcoming visitors to one of the best land-based dolphin-watching locations in the world. See Charlie's website and incredible photographs here.


You've probably heard about the beluga that has visited the Thames recently.  A professional photographer and one of BDMLR's trustees, Gavin Parsons has won awards for his underwater photographs of beluga in Churchill Bay, Canada.  Gavin has donated this superb framed print and you can see more of his work here.




Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan, has signed and donated a paperback copy of this fascinating book that charts the interaction between whales and humans. Well researched and compassionate, it's a brilliant book that you'll find hard to put down! Read more about Philip here.

This stunning print by Gordon Corrins measures 56cm x 43cm depicts the largest toothed mammal on the planet - the sperm whale. This beautiful piece of art will delight any whale lover!  See more of Gordon's stunning work here.


These minature paintings by Dawn Mannerings are true masterpieces, being loveingly created on slices of agate. Both depict humpback whales and measure 10cm and 8cm across. Dawn's amazing work can be seen here.


These delightful acrylic necklaces portray a seal and a beluga and were donated by Sian and Helen at Acrylic Asylum.  See more here.



Won by Kerry from Devon. Cheryl Duerden from Sea Dew Jewellery has donated 'Wave' a fine silver hallmarked pendant that comes with an adjustable black waxed cotton cord inspired by a beautiful wave looming in the surf.  See more from Sea Dew Jewellery here.




Won by Jean from Devon. This incredible anatomical model of an orca was donated to us by Steve O’Connor of Nature Discovery - see their website here.


BDMLR 2018 Raffle Terms and Conditions

  1. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (“BDMLR”) Christmas Raffle (the “Raffle”) is promoted by BDMLR of Lime House, Regency Close, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1DS and is licensed by the Gambling Commission under the Gambling Act 2005 with Licence No: LN/000004691. Responsible Person: Julia Cable.
  2. Entry into the Raffle costs £1 per ticket.
  3. Tickets will also be available for purchase from BDMLR representatives at various events and from BDMLR head office from October 13th 2018 to 16.00hrs on December 10th 2018 (both dates inclusive) subject to availability.
  4. Monies raised by the Raffle will go to the work of BDMLR which is a registered charity in England and Wales (803438) and in Scotland (SCO39304).
  5. Payment for participation in the Raffle can be made by cash, debit card, credit card or cheque made payable to British Divers Marine Life Rescue or via (please do not tick the Gift Aid box as we should not collect this on raffle ticket sales.
  6. Each ticket will be entered into the draw only upon receipt of full payment in cleared funds. Only tickets for which full payment has been received will be eligible to win a prize.
  7. BDMLR accepts no liability for Raffle tickets, entries, correspondence or prizes which are lost, delayed in the post, damaged or illegible, from which the prize winner cannot be identified or, in the case of entries, which have insufficient postage. Proof of posting is not proof of delivery.
  8. The closing date is December 10th 2018 at 16.00hrs. Payments made online after this will not be entered into the draw and monies will be treated as a donation. Any ticket stubs arriving at the BDMLR office after December 10th will not be entered into the draw.
  9. The Raffle draw will take place on December 10th 2018 at 17.00hrs at BDMLR's Uckfield office.
  10. The winners will be the first entries randomly selected from all entries received by the closing date. The first and second prizewinners will be contacted in December 2018 and the remainder in January 2019 to choose their prizes in order of selection.
  11. The results of the Raffle draw are final and communication about them will not be entered into.
  12. Winners will be notified by telephone or email no later than January 30th 2019.
  13. All prizes are also subject to the terms and conditions of the prize provider and may be subject to change.
  14. The prize of a three nights self-catering cottage break in Marazion, Cornwall, must be taken by April 30th 2019. Winners will be put in contact with the cottage owner to organise a suitable date, that cannot include Christmas. New Year or Easter Bank Holiday breaks. The prize is for the use of the cottage only and does not include food, beverage or travel. Prizewinners will be responsible for any damages or breakages during their stay and will reimburse the cottage owners as requested.
  15. All prizes are awarded with any exclusions as mentioned in the list of prizes on the BDMLR website.
  16. By accepting a prize, winners agree that BDMLR can use the winner’s name and photograph for promotional purposes. Winners may be asked (and by entering agree to) provide a photograph and be photographed if required, and provide comment on being selected as a winner, which may be used to promote future BDMLR raffles.
  17. Prizes are subject to availability and BDMLR reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value. No cash alternative will be available. The person named on the Raffle ticket stub will be the only person entitled to the prize but this may be transferred by the prizewinner.
  18. This Raffle is open to individuals resident in Great Britain aged 16 years or over, including BDMLR volunteers and employees. Any person found to be under 16 years of age automatically forfeits the right to any prize.  Proof of identity and age may be requested.
  19. By entering the Raffle, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (which may be amended at any time by BDMLR). Any entries not complying with these terms and conditions will not be valid.
  20. These terms and conditions are governed by English law and entrants submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
  21. If you have any queries or complaints please contact British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546 or
  22. By providing your personal information to BDMLR, you agree to it being used for the purpose of administering the Raffle and being shared with BDMLR’s agents and prize providers, where appropriate. If you would rather the prize donors are not passed your contact information, please tick the box on the Raffle ticket stub or if buying through the post, email  BDMLR may also use your email address to keep you informed about BDMLR’s activities, including fundraising. If you would rather not receive these communications please email
  23. BDMLR reserves the right to award any prizes not claimed by February 1st 2019 to an alternative winner.
  24. A list of the surnames and towns of winners will be posted on the Raffle page on BDMLR website at once all prizewinners have been contacted. You may request a list by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Raffle Prizewinner Request, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Lime House, Regency Close, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1DS.
  25. BDMLR reserves the right to reject any entry (and award any prize to an alternative winner) if it has grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions, acted fraudulently or illegally, or on other reasonable grounds and shall have no liability to an entrant for any loss or damage arising from such rejection.
  26. Any participation instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
  27. To the extent permitted by law, BDMLR excludes any liability for loss or damage incurred by any winner in connection with or arising from the use of the prizes or participation in the Raffle.