As we mentioned earlier in the week, we’ll be throwing our doors back open to the public on Monday, 6th July – and we can’t wait!

Even so, the past three months of closure have hit us hard. Due to to the global pandemic, aquariums across the UK have been closed since March, including us – and without the daily income from ticket sales to fund our operating and animal feeding costs, as well as vital habitat restoration and behaviour change programmes, we’re in need of some extra funds. Even when we’re closed to the public, the cost of operating the largest Aquarium in the UK can be thousands of pounds per day – so as you can see, it doesn’t come cheap.

To celebrate our reopening, we’re excited to be kicking off a week of fundraising on Monday 29th June, with a very special bake-a-thon!

Rebecca Marshman-Rondeau, Head Pastry Chef at Wimbledon Tennis, has volunteered her time and effort, as a massive supporter of the National Marine Aquarium, she will be baking pastry treats for NHS staff – non-stop for 24 hours – from her home to fundraise vital funds for the aquarium. She will be creating delicious boxes of cakes, tray bakes, cookies, and biscuits to deliver to various NHS services, including Great Ormond Street and St Georges Hospital.

Rebecca has created many amazing desserts and afternoon teas in her career and will be using her culinary skills to participate in an incredible non-stop 24 hours bake-a-thon starting at 8am on Monday 29th June and finishing at 8am on Tuesday 30th June.

All the baked treats that are produced during this time will be boxed up and distributed to NHS workers to give them a much needed pick me up and sugar boost, and all the funds raised will go towards the upkeep of the aquarium – keeping the animals safe, well fed and important restoration projects and education.

 Local schools, who are part of the Connect Academy Trust, are also getting involved with a range of creative learning opportunities, including pupils dressing in ocean themed clothes (blue and green) and lots more ocean themed fun whilst collecting donations for the aquarium.

How you can help…

If you would like to help us during our big week of fundraising, we’d love and appreciate your support. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Support Rebecca’s 24 hour bake. To support Rebecca’s amazing work as she provides tasty treats for NHS workers, click here.

Donate to our fundraiser. If you’d like to help us raise vital funds during our week of fundraising or any time after that, click here.

Buy tickets for our Aquarium. We have released tickets for anyone who would like to visit us in July, but slots must be booked ahead to ensure that we can continue to adhere to social distancing regulations and keep our visitors safe. Book your tickets here.

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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