New Resource: Remembering Hare

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Remembering Hare, the follow up to Saying Goodbye to Hare, written by Carol Lee (a Balloons volunteer) and published by Southgate Publishers is available to buy at Waterstones, Exeter, or direct from the Publisher by clicking here. We also have order forms for both books at our office. If you would like an order form, please contact Jo on 01392 826065 or email admin@balloons-devon.org.uk.

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Woodbury Golf Club

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On Sunday 22nd December Trustee Charles Holme joined staff and visitors at Woodbury Golf Club to receive a cheque from Duncan Ratley, Woodbury Golf Club Captain.

On behalf of the trustees, the staff, the volunteer Grief Support Workers and, in particular, the children and young people who are supported by Balloons, we would like to thank the members of Woodbury Golf Club who have made Balloons their nominated charity for 2013 and who have worked so hard to raise funds.

The final ...

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Bow Craft Event

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This is third craft fayre that Balloons have held at the home of Trustee Clare Selley in Bow, and we now have quite a following. We hold a joint event with Save the Children because the friend who helps Clare organise the day (and who iced all 21 of the Xmas cakes that Clare’s mum made!!) chairs the local Save the Children branch. Clare’s sister Sue makes the beautiful crafts, she gives all her time for free and we just ...

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Children in Need

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One of the biggest events of the year has been our appearance on Children in Need this November. This offered Balloons an unprecedented opportunity to reach a national audience and as a consequence Balloons have been inundated with requests from people wishing to become volunteers, wishing to show their support and of course by donations.

We would also like to extend a massive thank you to the Brookes family for sharing their story with the Nation. We thank them from the ...

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Balloons Christmas Party

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On Saturday 14th December young people, parents, staff and volunteers met at Cardinal Newman House Exeter for the Balloons Christmas party. The children enjoyed the chance to make wood Christmas trees and tree decorations, as well as jewellery making and card making.

There was also a chance for everyone to sit down together and enjoy a wonderful Christmas buffet and some fantastic chocolate brownies.

At the end of the afternoon the children had a visit from Santa Claus and his elves who ...

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Ernest Jackson: Auction of Promises

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On Wednesday 27th November Charles Holme and Jo Overton-Pitts joined Ernest Jackson for their Auction of Promises in aid of Balloons. Thanks to a wonderful catalogue of donations to auction – including a hot stone massage and some very popular jars of homemade lemon curd – the event raised £751 for Balloons.

A massive thanks to all those involved and for Ernest Jackson’s tireless fundraising over the year, culminating in a cheque received this month for £1,367.30.

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