The National Marine Aquarium and Shark Trust have come together to mark the outstanding fundraising efforts of one nine year-old girl, Tilly Clarke, whose favourite animals are sharks and, single-handedly, raised over £460 for the Shark Trust, through a sponsored climb of Mount Snowden.
To celebrate her achievement, Tilly and her family were given an access-all-areas tour of the National Marine Aquarium, providing the opportunity to meet its 15 species of sharks, including the Lemon Shark, Sand Tiger Shark and Nurse Sharks. As well as meeting the sharks, Tilly spent time with the Aquarium’s shark experts, finding out even more information about her favourite animals. Tilly and her family also joined the team for a feeding at the Atlantic Ocean exhibit and were given chance to at how the majestic animals are cared for at the Aquarium.
Commenting on her fundraising challenge, Tilly said: “I have loads of books about sharks and enjoy learning shark facts. They are amazing creatures. My favourite type of shark is the Great White because they seem just brilliant. I decided to raise money for the Shark Trust because I love sharks and the work the Trust does to keep sharks in our sea.”
Paul Cox, Managing Director at the Shark Trust, said: “We’re delighted to see more and more people stepping up to support our #DoSomFin campaign for sharks, helping to raise vital funds for our conservation work and research. Tilly’s fundraising efforts are remarkable, particularly for one of such a young age, and her passion to support our cause is humbling.
“Working with the National Marine Aquarium, we wanted to say a small thank you to Tilly for all her hard work and it was an honour to meet her and introduce her to some of the sharks at the National Marine Aquarium. We hope people take inspiration from her story and join Tilly in future fundraising endeavours.”
Marcus Wiliams, Assistant Curator at the National Marine Aquarium, added: “It was fantastic to meet Tilly and her family and hear about the impressive challenge she took on to climb Mount Snowden for the Shark Trust. With sharks often portrayed in the media as ferocious creatures, it’s quite unusual for these animals to be a child’s favourite, so to see Tilly’s enthusiasm for them was just amazing. She knew so much about the sharks, understanding their nature and habits, and it was a privilege to give her the opportunity to meet our sharks at the Aquarium and learn from our marine life experts.
“Tilly is a fantastic example of how anyone can get involved in fundraising for a cause close to your heart, no matter what your age. We very much look forward to meeting more young shark enthusiasts and wish Tilly the best of luck in her future fundraising efforts!”
If, like Tilly, you would like to take on your own fundraising challenge for the Shark Trust, please visit: www.sharktrust.org/. For further details about the National Marine Aquarium, see: www.national-aquarium.co.uk/.