The £100,000 fundraiser aims to fund the build of a Community Aquarium and Sensory play classroom to help benefit children and adults within the local community who live with autism, Alzheimers, stress and anxiety, depression and sensory disabilities including visual impairment.

The classroom will also include technology which will help all children learn and play.

If successful, the fundraiser will see the aquarium built with advanced technology to ensure inclusivity for all people including using several methods for communication such as sign language, to be able to communicate information on the variety of aquatics animals and their environments and build interactive information boards for people to navigate themselves.

The project has been launched through fundraising platform SpaceHive.

The project will deliver a sensory aquarium with 100 tanks, a sensory play classroom, run classes for children with disabilities to learn about animal welfare and offer animal-related therapy sessions.

Mike Dixon, Director at HugglePets, says

“This is an ambitious fundraising project, but I truly believe it will benefit our local community for both adults and children, as well as supporting the City. We are a family run business and have been based in our local community for over seven years. I believe through animal-related therapy and educational animal workshops we can help tackle some of the significant issues in society today, including loneliness and improving mental health issues.”

The community interest company was launched to help motivate, inspire and empower members of its local community through animal-related therapy and initiatives. It’s onsite pet groomers Huggles Pamper Lounge is now part of the community project. All profits made from the successful grooming business will now be reinvested into the community to help support future projects.

HugglePets has recently been involved in eBay’s Retail Revival.


The fundraiser is open now, and all donations can be made via or in-store at HugglePets.