Two successful days of Standup Paddleboarding

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On 15th and 16th August Balloons team member Jo Overton-Pitts led two days of stand-up paddleboarding for bereaved young people supported by Balloons charity.  A total of 17 participants who have previously had one-to-one support work from our charity took to the water for a fun-filled day of games and activities.  Thanks to Balloons team member Liz, and to volunteer Grief Support Workers Helen and Steven for helping out.  A huge thanks to the instructors at Haven Banks Outdoor Education ...

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The Exeter ‘Longest Day Cycle Challenge’

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The Exeter did an absolutely amazing job fundraising for Balloons during their Longest Day Cycle Challenge and raised over £1,700 for the charity.  The local insurance company also organised a 2-day walk across Dartmoor several days later which raised further funds for the bereaved children and young people we support.  We’ve been so impressed by the commitment of The Exeter staff to fundraising for Balloons.

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Balloons Activity Day – July 2018

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On the 7th July 2018 we had another activity day at Haven Banks for young people who have received bereavement support from Balloons.  We were delighted to welcome several children who were new to our activity days and they absolutely loved the bellboating, climbing and caving.  It was a scorching day so everyone was glad of the opportunity to dip their toes in the water and many of them took the opportunity to jump in.  Even ...

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Two NCS ‘social action’ projects partner with Balloons Charity

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We’re delighted that two groups doing their NCS projects in the community this Summer have chosen Balloons as their partner charity.  Team members in both groups have previously received bereavement support from Balloons and wanted to share the wonderful work we do with bereaved children and young people.  One team raised over £500 in a joint fundraising and awareness raising campaign and the other launched their ‘Flying High’ campaign with a beautifully ...

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Our Charity Partners

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18th -24th June is Small Charity Week and small charities rely on donations from individuals, organisations and local companies much more than medium or large sized charities.  We’d like to thank those local companies and organisations who have chosen Balloons as their charity partner in 2018:

  • Air Marketing Exeter 
  • Isca Barum Insurance Brokers
  • St Andrews Community Café, Colyton
  • St Peters Prep School
  • The Exeter
  • The Tally Ho! Inn, Exeter
  • Whitehead Building Services

These businesses and organisations have regular fundraisers throughout the year and encourage their entire staff ...

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Donna James, our Agency Trainer here at Balloons hosted a twilight training session in Supporting bereaved children & young people – A theoretical & practical introduction at our offices on Wednesday 6th June and we’d just like to share all the feedback we had from the training.

We’ll be running more sessions again soon so keep your eyes peeled for the dates or contact us at admin@balloonscharity.co.uk if you’d like to be added to our Balloons mailing list.  Alternatively follow us on Twitter ...

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Volunteer Week 2018

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Here at Balloons we rely on volunteers to carry out vital bereavement support for children, young people and young adults.  Volunteers are the backbone of our charity and we simply could not do it without them.  That’s why during Volunteer Week 2018, from 1st – 7th June, we’ll be sharing how we use our volunteers and the difference they make to those they support.  We’re delighted to have over 50 volunteer Grief Support Workers at present and they’re all amazing!

Our ...

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Father’s Day without a father

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Father’s day is a great time to say thank you to your dad and show them how much you appreciate them.  But what happens when your dad has died? Balloons has produced an information sheet for both young people bereaved of a father, and for the family, friends and professional support around them.   Our information sheet offers advice and suggestions of how to remember your dad on father’s day and to cope with the feelings that inevitably arise for the ...

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