Virtual balloon race raises money for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity

Posted on - 23rd June, 2020 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Competitions, Fulwood, Health, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity staff with their balloons.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity staff with their balloons.

A virtual balloon race is set to take place on Friday 3 July to raise vital funds for the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, which supports patients of Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals.


For a donation of £3 per balloon, participants can watch their virtual balloon take to the skies for seven days and track its progress on Google Maps.

Prizes include £500 in cash, an Apple iPad and £10 book vouchers.

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Paula Wilson, Head of Charities and Fundraising at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As we are all experiencing the fallout of the current pandemic and we really miss being able to get together with others, we thought a little eco-friendly fundraising would give people a great opportunity to connect with each other and have a little fun along the way.

“Whilst the balloons themselves aren’t real, what is very real is the difference the funds raised will make to patients when they visit one of our hospitals.

“We want to thank each and every one of you who have already bought a balloon, and we hope others will join in the fun too!”

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Each balloon is subject to a simulated flight pattern based on the actual weather conditions, such as the wind speed and current temperature.

Those who buy a balloon can choose its colour, pattern, helium contents and even rubber thickness, as well as labelling it.

The three balloons which travel the furthest over the seven-day race will win prizes.

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Visit the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity website to buy a balloon.

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