Marathon challenge

AQUARIST TO TAKE ON MARATHON CHALLENGE FOR MARINE CHARITY

An aquarist at Bristol Aquarium has been using her daily tours of the Harbourside attraction as training for her forthcoming marathon challenge.

Aquarist Charlotte Gee is to run the Brighton Marathon on Sunday, April 12th to raise money for the Marine Conservation Society.

Last year Charlotte took part in the MCS’s Plastic Challenge where volunteers had to give up using anything made of plastic for 40 days in a bid to raise awareness of the damage it is causing the marine environment.

“When the Marine Conservation Society put a call out for runners towards the end of last year I put my name forward and offered them my time and legs to help raise some money towards something I really care about – our seas,” said Charlotte.

“I like to think of my days at the aquarium as training days as I am always running around, just feeding the fish can take me on three laps of the aquarium.

“I also have the amazing opportunity to see beautiful animals every week, which inspire me on when training gets tough,” she added.

Charlotte hopes to raise in excess of £500 for the charity, and she is well on the way. Her current total is just over £400.

The Marine Conservation Society is a UK charity for the protection of the seas around the United Kingdom, and for the protection of their shores and wildlife.

The society was first set up under the name ‘Underwater Conservation Society’ in 1977 when it was championed by Bernard Eaton, together with leading scientists and other public figures including HRH The Prince of Wales.

The society later adopted the name ‘Marine Conservation Society’ and was registered with the Charity Commission in 1983.

Its main areas of concern are overfishing, rising levels of marine litter and better protection of native marine life and its habitats.

• Anyone who would like to donate can do so by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharotteGee

Issued by Bristol Aquarium. For more information and to arrange interviews or filming opportunities please contact Sarah Moore or David Waines on 0117 929 8929.