Dame Design Award Charity

Each year the combined registration fees for the DAME Awards are donated to a nominated charity, as a way for the METSTRADE community to give something back to society. The METSTRADE Exhibition Committee selects a charity to receive the funds each year. This can be either a single charity or two charities. In 2021 the METSTRADE Exhibition Committee decided that the DAME proceeds would be donated to the Blue Marine Foundation.

2022 DAME Charity

Charities interested in receiving the funds raised by the 2022 DAME Awards product entries were able to submit their applications before May 1st, 2022. The 2022 DAME Charity will be announced in July.

2021: Blue Marine Foundation - To Protect Our Ocean

Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) is working to restore the ocean to health by creating marine reserves, developing models of sustainable fishing and restoring vital marine habitats. BLUE’s mission is to see at least 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effective protection by 2030 and the other 70 per cent managed in a responsible way.

BLUE will work with the Berwickshire Marine Reserve (BMR) to engage with all recreational marine users in Berwickshire. The work will involve monitoring, reviewing, and building on existing codes of conduct that will be consistent with the protection of marine life and the local environment. Proceeds from the DAME Awards 2021 will be spent on covering the time of a local project officer who will host a series of workshops that will allow stakeholders to contribute and shape how the marine reserve is safeguarded and managed. The workshops will include yacht skippers, recreational divers, rib cruise operators and recreational anglers, among others. The project officer will work with marine users to produce an information pack & guide which will include all relevant information about the local marine protected area, good environmental practice, and information to ensure minimal disturbance to marine wildlife. This will be made available to all recreational boat users, both local and visiting. Furthermore, and depending on how much funding is received, BLUE will use the money to create two public notice boards that will be installed at the main harbours, and cover WiSe training for any recreational boat users who have not already been through the accreditation scheme yet .


DAME Charities over the years (2008-2021)

2021: Blue Marine Foundation

2019: Sailing4Handicaps & The Little Optimist

2018: The Blue Marine Foundation & Wetwheels Foundation

2017: Sailing Kids & VOKK

2016: AMREF Flying Doctors*

2015: Sailability

2014: AMREF Flying Doctors*

2013: Sailability & Freedom Waters

2012: AMREF Flying Doctors*

2011: Stichting Sailing Kids

2010: Whisper Boat Building Academy

2009: AMREF Flying Doctors 2008: International Federation of Disabled Sailing (IFDS)

* From 2012 to 2016, AMREF Flying Doctors, the international charity supported by RAI Amsterdam - received the DAME donation every other year.