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CHILDREN and families are being invited to feed fish this weekend and raise money for a hospital unit.

The Blue Reef Aquarium, in Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, has organised the event with the Ickle Pickle charity.

Nationally the charity raises money for neo-natal wards around the country.

The Portsmouth branch is run by Lorraine Blackburn, whose son Owen was the first baby to be born at Queen Alexandra Hospital’s then new neo-natal unit in June 2009 at just 26 weeks old.

But after a tough battle the tot died in September 2009.

Lorraine says she is grateful the ward was able to give her and husband Chris, three months with Owen, and organises fundraisers to buy equipment for the ward.

This Saturday and Sunday a carp feed takes place at 1pm and a native ray and shark feed takes place at 2.30pm.

Tubs of food cost £2 and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

As well as raising money, visitors have the chance to win tickets to a host of local attractions, including the aquarium, and listen to talks and view demonstrations.

Aquarist Jenna MacFarlane said: ‘The Ickle Pickle Partnership is a great cause and one that everyone here at the aquarium cares deeply about.

‘We’re delighted to support and raise awareness of the cause and hope lots of people will come along.’

To find out more call (023) 9287 5222.