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Surrey Wimbledon pastry chef baking for 24 hours for charity

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Surrey Wimbledon pastry chef baking for 24 hours for charity

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:36pm 29th June 2020. (Updated at 1:42pm 29th June 2020)

A woman from Epsom who would have spent today baking at Wimbledon, has rolled up her sleeves instead for a 24 hour charity bake-a-thon.

Head pastry chef at Wimbledon Tennis, Rebecca Marshman-Rondeau, is baking to raise funds for the National Marine Aquarium.

She is live streaming the event from her kitchen where she is producing scores of cakes, biscuits, tray bakes and cookies to be boxed up and donated to St George's and Great Ormond Street hospitals.

Rebecca donned her apron at 8am today (29 June) and will be pushing through to 8am tomorrow (30 June).

Cakes Epsom pastry chef bake-a-thon
Rebecca would have spent today baking for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

The National Marine Aquarium is reopening on 6 July, but its closure since March due to coronavirus pandemic means it is need of extra funding.

Roger Maslin, Ocean Conservation Trust’s CEO, says even when it is not open to the public the aquarium's running costs can run into thousands:

“Aquariums aren’t just tourist attractions; we also play an important role in Ocean conservation, education and research.

"When closed to the public, the cost of operating the largest Aquarium in the UK remains up to £10,000 a day.

"We are excited to have a date for reopening the aquarium, as we rely on visitors to the Aquarium not just to fund our operating costs, but also vital habitat restoration and behaviour change programmes”.

Donate to the NMA here.

Donate to Rebecca's JustGiving page here.