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Laura raised over £1,000 running for Balloons

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We’d like to say an enormous thank you to Laura who raised £1,019 for our charity by taking part in the Surrey Half Marathon on 11th March 2018.  Laura raised the majority of the money via her Just Giving fundraising page and her employer chipped in with a further £200.  £1,000 could fund the replacement and renewal of books and resources for 2018, or it could pay for the training of two Grief Support Workers, or it could pay for ...

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Haven Banks activity day

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This March we held an activity day for a group of young people supported by Balloons at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter.  The activity day included raft building, climbing and artificial caving at this wonderful facility right here in Exeter.  The boys and girls all worked incredibly well as a team and we were so delighted to see friendships being formed so early in the year with some having met throughout activities last year, and some meeting for the ...

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The Landmark Trust #50forfree scheme

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Balloons were very fortunate to benefit from The Landmark Trust’s #50forfree scheme this March.  A group of staff, volunteers and young people took part in a pilot bereavement residential at Silverton Park Stables which is owned by The Landmark Trust.  The weekend was cut short by the arrival of the snow but we still managed to cram lots of meaningful and creative activities into our stay. All the young people taking part were local boys who have been bereaved of ...

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Coping with Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is only a few weeks away and for some families it can be a challenging and emotional time.  For those children and young people who have experienced the death of their own mother it can be hard to manage; and for those around them it can be difficult to know what to say and how to behave.  Our information sheet ‘Coping with Mother’s Day’ introduces ideas and suggestions on how to remember your mum on Mother’s Day.  If ...

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Balloons announced as Finalist in Exeter Living Awards

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Balloons are delighted to announce that we are a Finalist in the charity category of the Exeter Living Awards.  The awards, which are now in their 3rd year have gained momentum and become a real badge of honour for both finalists and eventual winners.  Previous winners of the charity category were Citizens Advice Bureau in 2017 and Exeter Foodbank in 2016.  Balloons finds ourselves amongst some very strong competition in this category but have everything crossed for the award.  The ...

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Balloons becomes a member of the National Bereavement Alliance

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In January 2018 Balloons became a member of this national organisation whose focus, as described on their website, is in ‘Recognising one another’s contribution to our vision, Alliance members collaborate strategically to provide a collective voice representing the needs of bereaved people and those supporting them’.  We’re proud to be a member of this Alliance.  You can find out more about the organisation at http://nationalbereavementalliance.org.uk/

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Thank You to All our Supporters

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We’re hugely grateful to all our supporters who make it possible for Balloons to continue to provide our vital support to children and young people bereaved of a loved one.  We have received donations since December from St James’ Church, Ubi, Exeter Kidney Unit at the RD&E, Maynards school, Haywards Primary school and Sid Valley Rotary Club.  We’re so grateful to everyone who has donated or fundraised on our behalf, it all makes a difference to Balloons and the children ...

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Balloons awarded free break in historical local landmark for Bereavement Memory Weekend

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Thanks to the Landmark Trust, a group of children supported by Balloons will enjoy the opportunity to stay in a remarkable historic building this spring for a Bereavement Memory weekend. The Landmark Trust’s annual 50 For Free scheme, offers 50 short breaks for free to the beneficiaries of charities.  Balloons staff, volunteers and children supported by Balloons will stay in one of Landmark’s popular buildings this March; Silverton Park Stables in Devon. The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues ...

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Coping with Grief at Christmas

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Our latest information sheet ‘Coping with Grief at Christmas’ is free to download on our website at http://balloonscharity.co.uk/resources/ along with many other information sheets created by Balloons to help families after a bereavement.  We appreciate that Christmas, and in particular the first Christmas without a loved one can be a distressing time and have put together this free information sheet in the resources section of our website.

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