Celebrities we work with
We’re lucky enough to have a number of high-profile personalities who help us out in various inspiring ways. This can increase our reach to target audiences and assist with fundraising or branding campaigns. A few of the names are listed below – and you can watch this video to find out more.
Graeme Le Saux
30 children, who won a competition by answering what were the links between sport and the environment, attended a personalised training session with Graeme Le Saux on the main pitch at the UEFA Champions League Football Festival in Hyde Park. WWF’s film was also shown throughout the week at the festival.
Graeme gave the children drills to practice, played a game and even set up a mini penalty shootout! The panda also trained and scored a goal!
Thanks Graeme for making the day so special for all those involved and your continued support to us!
On Monday 4th July, Alan kindly attended The WWF 50th Anniversary Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show to officially open our garden.
Alan was taken round by the award winning designer Fiona Stephenson to understand why it was based on our UK Rivers Programme and in particular chalk streams. WWF won a Silver Gilt Award for the Garden which was fantastic.
Thank you Alan for doing the honours!
Tom Aikens, chef
What an incredible year of support from Tom. Not only is Tom the face of our ‘More Fish’ campaign which includes many different activities, which has includes, Tweets, blogs, recipe cards, and a specialist menu is restaurant for World Oceans Day.
Tom has also hosted our annual Major Donor Dinner at Tom’s Kitchen and created 3 magnificent cakes which were served at a 50th Anniversary event.
Thank you so much for all your fantastic support to date and introducing us to some of your contacts, and we look forward to 2012 and the London Marathon challenge!
Jo & Ty Wood
On Sunday 4th September Jo Wood and her son Ty took part in The Blue Mile sponsored by Ecover. People all across the country, swam, kayaked or attempted stand-up paddle boarding to raise vital funds needed to protect or rivers and seas. Jo & Ty kayaked around the course in Stoke Newington Reservoir in London and raised £1225!
Thanks so much for your support on the day. Sadly due to the weather, you may have got wetter outside than when you were on the water!
In June, Gemma visited our Sky Rainforest Rescue programme in Acre, Brazil. Gemma is a Rainforest Ambassador for the WWF and SKY Partnership where we are working to protect 1 billion trees in this particular state. Gemma has promoted this project by doing a host of media interviews and driving support for this programme, where SKY match every £1 donated to help reach their £4m target.
Gemma also featured in our short film ‘Astonish Me’, a magical tale of adventure and discovery showcasing some of the extraordinary species recently found around the world. 'Astonish Me' has been created by acclaimed writer Stephen Poliakoff and director Charles Sturridge to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
Thank you Gemma for all your support!
In Scotland, Tom is the ‘face of’ of our More Fish Campaign. Tim kindly supported this campaign with a photo shoot and supporting quote. Tom has also mentioned the campaign in other media when interviewed and helped to spread the word about the campaign.
Thank you for coming aboard!
On Saturday 26th March 2011, TV Presenter Kirsty Gallacher led a team of 60 cyclists at an event to mark WWF's Earth Hour in London on Saturday. The static cyclists, powered a projection of natural earth images onto the walls of the Royal Albert Hall. There was fantastic support for this year's campaign, where people turned off their lights for one hour between 8.30 and 9.30pm asking for action to be taken to tackle climate change and protect the natural world. Kirsty's passion for the natural world and its beauty for all to enjoy in the future especially her children, were a key driver for Kirsty's support at this event.
Thank you so much Kirsty for your support on what was a chilly night!
Matt Littler & Darren Jeffries
In summer 2010, T4 presenters and ex-Hollyoaks stars Matt and Darren kayaked one mile as part of the inaugural ‘Blue Mile – Race for the Environment' in Plymouth.
They love a challenge! This fundraising event, organised by Sport Environment (with WWF as the Official Charity Partner), highlighted the importance of protecting our marine environment. There were four challenges, including swimming, kayaking and stand-up paddling, plus a mile walk along the coastline for those who wanted to stay on dry land.
A good weekend was had by all – and crucial funds were raised for our conservation work. A great duel boys – here’s to the next WWF challenge!
Support for Our Rivers Campaign
Steve Backshall, adventurer and natural history presenter
My favourite river in the UK is probably the Dart. The Upper Dart In the winter and spring is a rampaging, gushing whitewater torrent and one of the finest descents in Britain. In the summer, the river winds through mystical ancient woodlands, with twisted moss covered trees over the moors, ghosted by kingfishers and dippers.
Our fresh waterways are vital to the health and vitality of our countryside, they support a vast array of wildlife, from the billions of invertebrates that start their lives beneath their waters, right up to the herons, otters and pike that patrol the sharp end of the food chain. Clean fresh water is probably the most important resource us humans have, protecting our rivers is safeguarding our very way of life.