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An early Christmas present from the National Marine Aquarium

PUBLISHED: 16:38 30 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

The National Marine Aquarium will be treating its younger visitors to an early Christmas present this December with thousands of soft toys to be given away to visiting children.

The National Marine Aquarium will be treating its younger visitors to an early Christmas present this December with thousands of soft toys to be given away to visiting children. From 1st December, every child visiting the Aquarium will be able to take home their own furry friend, with 1,000 soft toys a week being handed out to young explorers.



The Aquarium will also be donating extra toys to two local charities this Christmas, ensuring that the children they work with receive an extra gift. Both CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) and Jeremiahs Journey will receive a donation of 4,000 toys this month.



Dr David Gibson, Managing Director of the National Marine Aquarium, commented:



We are very pleased to be offering our younger visitors that little bit extra this Christmas with our soft toy giveaway they make a lovely reminder of a day out here at the Aquarium. Both CHICKS and Jeremiahs Journey are extremely worthy local causes, so its great to be able to help them in the work they do too, especially at this time of year when charities often require greater levels of donations.



CHICKS is a children's charity that aims to provide life enhancing respite breaks to as many disadvantaged children as possible at retreats in Devon and Cornwall. The children helped by the charity are often the victims of abuse, violence, bereavement, poverty and other forms of serious disadvantage.



Based at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Jeremiahs Journey works to provide help, support and information to bereaved children and their families.

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