Charity launches virtual balloon race across the globe

Tim Jenkins EACH Community Fundraiser

Join East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) this Coronation Day, Tuesday, 2 June, for a virtual balloon race, hosted by Ecoracing.

The race will begin at Westminster Abbey, with real life weather conditions set to affect contestants’ virtual balloons. They can be bought for £3 each, with entrants able to increase their chances of winning by buying as many as they like. Balloons will need to be able to survive all types of weather conditions, so participants are advised to think about the shape, size and composition needed to win.

The race will last seven days, with the winning balloon being the one that has flown the furthest from the launch point. Those taking part will be able to track their balloon’s flight path via Google satellite and maps while the race is running. Prizes up for grabs are £500, for the winner, an Apple iPad for second place, and £10 book tokens for the first 10 runners up.

Jo White, EACH Community Fundraiser, said: “One of the best parts about this virtual balloon race is it’s 100% eco-friendly - no plastic balloons littering the oceans and no animals like birds harmed during the race. We’re looking to encourage some fun among our supporters in these challenging and difficult times.”

To support EACH in continuing to provide vital care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and support for their families, you can sign up to build a balloon at

Like many charities, EACH has had to adapt to significant financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The charity’s fundraising team has been coming up with new at-home fundraising ideas, such as Dress Up Friday, virtual quizzes, haircuts, garden marathons and various others you can find here.

Image: Tim Jenkins, EACH Community Fundraiser


East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) aims to maximise the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and to support their families.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)