COLUMN: This week Damien Whales answers the ‘Getting to know’ questions

PUBLISHED: 18:08 16 March 2017

Damien Whales, who set up the Malcolm Whales Foundation in memory of his dad answers this week's Getting to Know You questions, March 16 2017.

Damien Whales, who set up the Malcolm Whales Foundation in memory of his dad answers this week's Getting to Know You questions, March 16 2017.


Who are you?

Damien Whales

What do you do?

I am a teacher, former assistant principal at Ely College, current assistant principal in Northamptonshire.

I am the chairman of The Malcolm Whales Foundation (based in Cambridgeshire)

I am also the head coach of Huntingdon Stags 1st XV

Why would people know you?

As a teacher at Ely College. Through the charity and the Dorset Walk which we run every year.

On a scale of 1-10 (10 highest) what do you rate your sense of humour?

8 (providing sarcasm counts)

Tell us a joke.

A bear walks in to a bar.

He says could I have a pint of …………………….Lager.

The barman says, “why the big pause?”

The bear says, “I am a bear, they have always been this big”

Give us at least five pet hates.

Queuing/waiting; choosing birthday cards; losing; slow golfers; education policy change.

Is it time for Britain to abolish the Royal Family?

No – what is to be gained?

Fruit tinned or fresh?


What is your favourite thing about East Cambridgeshire?

The view of Ely Cathedral.

Which TV programme has you reaching for the off button?

The Apprentice/Come Dine With Me

If you won £5,000 what would you spend it on?

A holiday to Bora Bora

Favourite sports team (any sport)?

Huntingdon Stags/England Rugby team

Place you would never want to return to and why?

North Wales – no comment.

Which three people would you like to have dinner with?

Winston Churchill; Eric Cantona and Malcolm Whales.

Who would you cross the road to avoid?

Piers Morgan (or I would mount the curb)

Who was your childhood hero and why?

Mike Tyson – he was incredible in his prime!

Your claim to fame.

As a teenager I represented and captained my county, (Norfolk) at football, cricket and rugby.

Biggest regret in life or biggest achievement?

Biggest achievement – following the death of my dad. I created a charity in his memory.

The Malcolm Whales Foundation organises an annual charity in Dorset each July.

Over 8 years we have raised in excess of £100,000 for children’s cancer and Bowel cancer..


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