Merlin’s Magic Wand
27th July 2015
The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham has teamed up with Merlin’s Magic Wand Children’s Charity and Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak to help bring a dose of nautical magic to children.
A specially themed play area featuring a fun Sea Life playboat was officially launched at the Midlands charity on Wednesday 22nd July.
Adhering to traditional naval fashion, a ceremonial bottle of champagne was broken over the bow of the vessel as it was christened the ‘Heart of Oak’ and ready to help transport children into the magical world of the ocean.
In addition to the playboat, which features plenty of viewing portholes, a climbing net and even a slide, is an Antarctic photo opportunity so ‘passengers’ can stop off to take a quick selfie with a penguin colony!
Amy Langham, General Manager at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham comments: “The whole team here has been working so hard over the past 14 months to fundraise for this project; we’ve held bake sales, hosted a pirate day, dressed like otters and made individual donations too.
“It’s amazing to finally see all the plans and efforts come to life and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to work on such a unique and exciting project that will hopefully bring hours of fun to some truly incredible children.”
Chris Reed, Head of Care Services at Acorns in Birmingham, said: “The Sea Life Centre ship is a dramatic focal point in the children’s play area of our gardens and it is already proving to be a real hit with children and their siblings. Outdoor space forms a vital part of the holistic service we offer and helps to improve the wellbeing of the children we care for.
“We’re very grateful to Merlin’s Magic Wand for funding the equipment and look forward to seeing our children take to the seas of Selly Oak for many years to come!”
Sandra Hazel, Charity Manager from Merlin’s Magic Wand, commented: “We are delighted that the children of Acorns will be able to experience first-hand the magic of Merlin. Creating a fun environment that has been specially adapted to their needs will inspire them to play and smile.”