Overall Score: 4 based on 3 data points
Finance: -1
Governance: 0
Support: 5
(no PartB)
Spending declining: -1, Multiple Deficits and declines: -5, Future income +5,
(no info on trustees)
Supporters: +5



Dedicated to the welfare, conservation and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) through scientific investigation, environmental education and the provision of a 24-hour veterinary service for sick, injured and stranded individuals.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • The charity has received backing from several prominent grant makers recently and there are significant future grants due to be received

Financial issues to consider:

  • Spending is declining
  • Income has been volatile and on several occasions in recent years less than spending
Comment by the Charity:
    COVID has been a particularly difficult period for small charities such as CRRU.

How you can help

Established: 20 years
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Financial Data
Income & Spending ?
Period ending 31/10/17 31/10/18 31/10/19 31/10/20 31/10/21 31/10/22
Total income £81,994 £15,289 £74,055 £72,422 £37,189 £27,502
Total spending £66,668 £31,295 £73,998 £67,730 £38,827 £31,689
Surplus/deficit £15,326 -£16,006 £57 £4,692 -£1,638 -£4,187
What it does
  • It carries out activities or services itself
Who it helps
  • Children or young people
  • Older People
  • People with disabilities or health problems','Other defined groups','Other charities or voluntary bodies
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of environmental protection or improvement
  • The advancement of animal welfare','any other purpose that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to any of the preceding purposes
Where it operates
  • Wider, but within one local authority area, main operating location: Aberdeenshire

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years:
R S Macdonald Charitable Trust£18,500
The National Lottery Community Fund£3,500
The Foyle Foundation£3,500
Garfield Weston Foundation£2,500

Specific Donations

Amount When
To be used for
The Foyle Foundation
£3,500 28/04/2023
towards "Aquademia" - a programme of educational outreach for disadvantaged young people in isolated coastal communities
R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
£8,500 18/01/2023
Purchase of a rollercoaster trailer and weatherproof cover for the CRRU rescue boat “Hermes”
Garfield Weston Foundation
£2,500 01/05/2020
"Aquademia" - marine educational outreach in northeast Scotland
R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
£10,000 26/02/2020
For a dedicated veterinary trailer/laboratory, with analytical equipment, specialised rescue equipment (eg dolphin stretchers), life-saving veterinary medical supplies and protective clothing for the ....more
The National Lottery Community Fund
£3,500 20/12/2018
This group will purchase a laptop, a projector, banners and educational tools to deliver marine stewardship workshops to schools and youth groups in coastal communities in Moray and Neast ....more
Co-operative Group
£4,101 19/11/2018
We want to buy a box trailer and educational materials for outreach work with schools and local interest groups in Aberdeenshire.
R S Macdonald Charitable Trust
£10,000 31/05/2017
Seeking funds to repair and rebuild their dedicated Land Rover Defender Ambulance, central to its life-saving work with live-stranded whales and dolphins in northeast Scotland. The vehicle is now 13 ....more
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?


Sorry we have no information about the Trustees.

Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in Scotland on 09/03/2004, number: SC035473
Main office

, AB45 3YQ


The aims and objects of the charity shall be: a) to protect and conserve cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and othe rmarine life for the public benefit, through scientific investigation, enviromental education, and the provisions of professional veterinary assistance to sick, stranded and injured marine animals. b)to undertake relevant research in relation to cetaceans and other marine wildlife and to disseminate the useful results of such research. and c)to advance the education of the public in relation to marine wildlife and marine conservation, particalarly in Scotland.

Data Sources

Scottish Charity Regulator
360 Giving

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