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St John’s Hospice Coronation Virtual Balloon Race

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - June 9 @ 12:00 pm BST

Join the Coronation Virtual Balloon Race for St John’s Hospice

After the success of the Easter race, we have decided to join in with the Coronation Balloon Race! Design and compete in an eco-friendly virtual balloon race. From the comfort of your own home you could sail through the skies with friends, family and colleagues and raise vital funds for your local Hospice from just £3 a balloon.

The 7 day race starts on:

Tuesday 2nd June, 12 noon from Westminster Abbey

What you could win?

Your balloon will challenge all the other balloons to travel the furthest in 7 days and you could be the lucky winner of one of the following prizes:

1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize- APPLE I PAD


What is a virtual balloon race?

The race is real as the balloons are affected by the actual weather conditions over the 7 days but they only fly high in the sky virtually and in our imagination, so your eco-friendly balloon simply disappears upon completing its journey, wherever that may be.

Once your virtual balloon has been “released” from Westminster Abbey, you can follow its progress on Google Maps and see how it fairs against the elements.

How do I take part?

It is super easy and fun to take part in the virtual balloon race as it only takes a few steps but it is an opportunity to learn and teach geography, aerodynamics and put your design skills to the test.

To buy your balloon follow these simple steps:

1) Follow this link or click on the button below.

2) Click ‘Buy Balloons’

3) Sign in or create an account

4) Pick how many balloons you want to enter or give as a gift, Birthday present or just because you want to do something nice.

5) Here comes the fun bit, you design your balloon’s colour, pattern, helium contents and rubber thickness- make sure you label it too.

Congratulations you have now entered and you can wait for the big race and track it’s progress during the 7 days.


Please see below for the FAQs.

Where does the money go? 

From each £3 balloon, St John’s Hospice receives £2.37.

Every 10 balloons that we sell will help us fund an hour of nursing care for a patient on our ward or in their home. Can you help us to continue providing care for our community?

Don’t miss out and buy a balloon before the big race and do something great for St John’s Hospice.



June 2 @ 12:00 pm BST
June 9 @ 12:00 pm BST
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