Virtual Balloon Race, 4th April.

Are you looking for a bit of fun this Easter that the whole family can enjoy? In April, North Devon Rotary Clubs are giving you the opportunity to set to the skies by taking part in an eco-friendly and safe Virtual Balloon Race in aid of North Devon Hospice.

North Devon Hospice is much loved and respected doing an incredible job. The Virtual Balloon Race give us an opportunity to raise funds in a safe and fun way. In these particularly challenging times, every balloon purchased really will help the Hospice to continue to offer care and support to local people who are affected by a life-limiting illness.

Mike Phillips, Managing Director of, explained: “The race uses real weather conditions to determine the progress of each balloon and each entry can be tracked on Google Maps and Satellites once launched. It has no negative environmental impact on wildlife, climate change, plastic waste or litter.”

He continued: “You can buy a virtual balloon for £3 and give it a name, colour, shape, and pattern. Also you can select different features of your balloon, such as weight, which will determine its flight performance in order to enhance your chances of winning.” He added, “It’s a fun and easy way to raise funds for a cause, which kids and adults alike love”.

Jess Burford, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, said: “We love this idea! The balloon race is a great way to have a bit of fun whilst helping local families. Our nurses are doing an amazing job, supporting patients so that they can stay in the comfort of their own homes or on our bedded unit. This kind of care can only continue because of the North Devon community raising vital funds. We are so grateful to Braunton Caen Rotary for setting up this balloon race and I hope that you will be inspired to buy a balloon today.”

The Race starts from Jerusalem on Easter Sunday and will finish seven days later. The first prize for the balloon that travels the farthest is £500, second prize an iPad and 10 book tokens worth £10 each.

Why not buy a team of balloons for your family for a bit of Easter fun?

How far will your balloon travel? Don’t delay, get yours today!

To get your balloon, or find out more, go to

The participating Rotary Clubs are:

Barnstaple Rotary.

Barnstaple Link Rotary.

Bideford Bridge Rotary.

Braunton Caen Rotary.

Holsworthy Rotary.

Ilfracombe Rotary.

Rotary e-Club South West Peninsula.


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