• Tracy Tristram

Going quackers for this school holiday activity: COSMIC Rubber Duck Race


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Looking for something to do in London next week with your little ducklings? Then this school holiday activity is making us quack with excitement when it comes to a fun afternoon out with the little one. Read on for all the deets on the annual COSMIC Rubber Duck Race, making a splash over on Regent's Canal from 12.30pm on Thursday 29 July 2021.


Tell me more!

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It's never too early to teach our kids that a little kindness goes a long way, and that supporting charity is a super kind, super essential thing we all need to do if we can. As such why not sponsor your own rubber duck for the sixth annual Duck Race to help raise much needed funding for COSMIC to support the Children’s Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Units at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in Hammersmith?

Starting at 12:30pm on Thursday 29th July, 500 rubber ducks will launch onto the water from St. Mary’s Bridge and bob for 100 metres to the finish line at Paddington Basin, and spectators can sponsor their own duck for just £3 a pop by visiting the Just Giving page right here. There's a pretty cool prize up for grabs for first and second place too: the winning duck will win their sponsor a pair of Eurostar tickets and second place will win a 2-hour boat ride with GoBoat! If that doesn't ruffle your feathers with excitement, then we don't know what will!


More about COSMIC

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Chloe Oliver, Chief Executive at COSMIC said: “The generous donations raised by the Rubber Duck Race will help us to provide essential support to the families of critically ill children and babies being treated on our units. After what has been a difficult time for our intensive care units and frontline health workers these much-needed funds allow our Family Liaison Nurses to continue offer emotional, social and financial support for families going through one of the most difficult times in their lives and enable us to provide onsite accommodation for parents to stay overnight whilst their children are receiving treatment.”

COSMIC Rubber Duck Race

When: Thursday 29th July 2021, 12:30 – 13:30

Where: Grab a spot along Regent's Canal, St Mary's Bridge to Paddington Basin

Tickets: Spectating is ticketless and free, just turn up!

Sponsorship: To sponsor a duck and enter it into the race is £3 per rubber duck, click here.


See you there, folks!


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