11 year old Aimée Flack’s superhero ‘Bubble Duck’ will be the star of this year’s Barclays Jersey Boat Show.
The design, created by Aimée, was voted for by the public on Barclays’ Facebook page and will feature in the popular ‘hook-a-duck’ game in the Barclays’ marquee at the St Helier Marina next month.
The game plays an important role in raising funds for the charity beneficiary of the show which for 2018 will be the Royal British Legion.
Last year’s 10thanniversary show raised over £18,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, EYECAN, NSPCC Jersey and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, and organisers hope that Bubble Duck, who will be joined by some special superhero friends, will encourage islanders to donate much needed funds for this year’s cause.
Aimée was presented with the first duck by Paul Savery, managing director of Barclays in the Channel Islands, last week at Aimée’s school, Helvetia House
The Barclays’ duck has become an icon of the show, which is the largest free-event in the Channel Islands, since its first appearance in 2010 and is a firm favourite with both adults and children alike.
There will be an opportunity for islanders under the age of 15 to enter the competition to design the 2019 duck. Entry forms will be available at the Barclays stand during the Show weekend.
Mr Savery said: “Superheroes is definitely a fitting theme for this year’s Barclays Jersey Boat show. With Bubble Duck making an appearance, we are hoping that all of the island’s superheroes will turn out to help us raise funds for the Royal British Legion, a charity that is dedicated to helping ex-service people and their dependents.
“The Show is a highlight on the Jersey events calendar and attracts thousands of locals and visitors to St Helier each year. Aimée’s duck is a fantastically fun design and I’m sure the public will be keen to add the latest duck to their collections.”
Barclays is committed to supporting the community to develop digital skills and Digital Eagles will be on hand on Sunday 6 May to offer advice and tips on all things digital from how to operate online banking to basic coding skills. The cyber security and fraud awareness team will also offer fraud advice and support, discuss local trends and show visitors ways to stay safe online.
There will also be a 3D printer at the show from the Barclays Eagle Lab, which supports entrepreneurs to create, innovate and grow, showcasing its abilities by producing 3D plastic ducks during the show.
The 2018 Barclays Jersey Boat Show takes place from 5-7 May at the St Helier Marina. For more information on the show visit: http://www.jerseyboatshow.com