Children Of Saint Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC) held its annual charity Rubber Duck race in Paddington’s Merchant Square on July 26th which was a big hit with locals who attended in the hundreds despite the cloudless day giving way to the oppressive sun and accompanying soaring high temperatures.
The event was held on Grand Union Canal supported by Active360 who provide paddleboarding on the canal and Merchant Square itself. The day was filled with fun for all with children playing and staying cool in a water fountain, sunbathers lining the canal to watch the festivities and soak up the sun. It was all surrounded by food vendors and full restaurants. People donated money to COSMIC in order to get a duck in the race and the chance to win a Eurostar Train Ticket.
The winner was a woman named Rebecca who entered with Rubber Duck #460.
According to their website, COSMIC was founded in 1994 to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) located at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. The unit treats approximately 400 desperately ill children each year. COSMIC also fund internationally significant research into the causes, effects and treatment of life-threatening childhood diseases. Find out more at their website: cosmiccharity.org.uk