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Last Updated: Saturday July 11 2009 10:09 GMT

I slept with sharks!

Max sleeping near the sharks

Press Packer Max, 9, took part in a giant sleepover at the London Aquarium to raise money for the charity Save the Children.

Here's his story:


"I have been a cub for nearly two years. As a cub pack we took part in the Giant Sleepover at the London Aquarium.

The Giant Sleepover is an event organised each year to raise money for charities, and we raised money for the Macmillan nurses. It is a fun-filled night for all.

When we arrived at the London Aquarium we did a sponsored quiz, answering questions about the aquarium and what is there.

We unpacked our sleeping bags by the shark tank, which was where we would be sleeping and got our pjs on for some photos.

We had had an interesting talk on the sharks, made some badges and went into the cinema to watch Shark Tale.

During the film I fell asleep and was woken up by my friends clapping and cheering at the end of the film, I think it was about 3am in the morning.

Max and a friend with one of the sharks
Max and a friend with one of the sharks

Then we made some sand creatures before finally going to bed.

Akela (Our cub leader) woke us up at 7.30am as we had a Big Brush at 8am, to see if we could set a record for the most people brushing their teeth at the same time.

Everyone on a sleepover was meant to be doing this as well, although I don't know how many people actually did it.

We then had breakfast and were given a goody bag by the aquarium.

The best bit for me was sleeping next to the sharks, (every time I woke up there were always sharks moving in the tank). The worst bit was being woken up.

I had a really fun time and can't wait for next year!"

Max, 9, London, England


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