A week-long ‘festive’ virtual balloon race, launching from Santa’s village in Lapland, will take place from Friday 11 December to raise vital funds for Brainwave.

Balloons can be purchased for just £5, with prizes including a seven-night 2021 family holiday and an Amazon Fire tablet. Balloons can also be purchased and gifted to friends, family or colleagues – making a great alternative to Christmas cards or secret Santa gifts.

The race is computer-simulated where the software uses real live weather data to determine the progress of each balloon and each entry can be tracked once launched.

Participants can customise their balloon’s design along with its helium content and rubber thickness, to enhance their chances of winning, depending on the predicted weather forecast on its journey.

The charity’s Chief Executive, Keith Sinclair, said:

We are very excited to bring a new and innovative event to our supporters. Our Virtual Balloon Race is a fun, eco-friendly and Covid-secure way of supporting our charity this Christmas and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Brainwave is an independent UK charity and we do not receive any statutory funding. 2020 has been tough for us as we have had to cancel or postpone almost all our fundraising events, which has had a significant financial impact on our charity. Being unable to open our charity shops has also had a massive impact.  

 We are hoping our supporters will take part in our first ever Virtual Balloon Race and help us raise vital funds for our charity. Our Therapy Programmes are life-changing, children who could not move, now walk, who could not make a sound, now giggle and whose low attainment at school, is now greatly improved. Thank you to everyone who gets involved, you will be making a massive difference to the lives of the families we support.

I would also like to thank our five corporate supporters who have made this event possible too.

The event is being supported by five companies who wanted to help Brainwave put on this innovative and fun event. Ansa Elevators are based in Manchester and deliver lift maintenance and repairs across the UK. LWA Chartered Certified Accountants are also based in the North West of England and wanted to support Brainwave as part of their company’s 25th birthday celebrations.

Also supporting the event are: Nuvia, who lead the field in nuclear engineering and have been supporting Brainwave for a number of years, Redrow Homes who wanted to get involved after also choosing Brainwave as their company’s Charity of the Year, and Tilney, financial planners and investment managers, who have also supported Brainwave in putting on fundraising events in recent years.

The money raised through the Virtual Balloon Race will ensure Brainwave can continue transforming the lives of children with disabilities through delivering its bespoke Therapy Programme at its Centres across England and virtually through their Brainwave Online therapy service.

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Details: Balloons are £5 each. The race will launch on Friday 11 December at 1pm and will finish at 1pm on Friday 18 December.