The Mears Foundation Annual Virtual Balloon Race

The Mears Foundation is getting off to a flying start for 2022, offering you the chance to take part in its Annual Virtual Balloon Race.

With balloons available now, the Mears Foundation Virtual Balloon Race is a 100% eco-friendly simulation where everything about the race is real except the balloon, so no birds or animals are harmed during the race!

Each balloon is available for a suggested donation of £3, you can purchase as many balloons as you like.  The more balloons you buy, the more chances you have of winning…

The Race is On!

Starting from Paris at midday on Monday 14th February, the winning balloon will be the one that travels the furthest by midday on Friday 18th February…. just five days to get a fair wind!

Once the race has started you can follow your virtual balloon, and check your place on the leader board.

We had a great following in 2021 with ‘Rabbit 2’ being our winner closely followed by ‘Riding The Waves’

How to take part

• Click on the link to get started

• Click ‘Get A Balloon’ top right and select and name your balloons. You can  register as many balloons as you like.

• Click ‘Return to home page’ and click ‘Donate Here’ – this takes you to the Foundation online giving platform when you can donate the cost of your balloons which are a suggested donation of £3 each.

Remember every penny and pound you donate will be matched £ for £ by Mears Group and all that you raise will go to helping the vulnerable in our communities through projects like The Hearts Young Homeless; an amazing charity whose services empower young people to be able to deal with the difficult situations in their lives, giving them the ability and confidence to do it themselves and ultimately find stability.  The Mears Foundation grant will cover the costs of running a service that allows one Live Life member to access regular support throughout the year, including transport to and from regular Live Life meetings, training, employment and social skills plus signposting to any other services such as mental health support or counselling.


While the balloon race is virtual the prizes are very real!

• 1st Prize – An overnight stay for two people including breakfast at one of the UK Kew Green Hotels

• 2nd Prize – A £50 Marks and Spencer voucher

Don’t forget that your donations will always go to projects here in the UK and NI.

February 1, 2022

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