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Sky’s the limit for Wrexham Hospice as dream balloon project takes flight

Read Construction are the initial sponsor for the Build A Balloon campaign. Yellow hats - Eluned Griffiths, chair of the board of trustees, with Steve Parry, chief executive of Nightingale House. Red hats, from left - site manager Lee Bell, director Alex Read and contract manager Billy McCormack.

A UNIQUE project to build a hot air balloon to celebrate Nightingale House’s 25th anniversary will get off the ground next year in a bid to lift the spirits of the community it serves.

This exciting campaign will see the hospice creating its’ very own hot air balloon to mark 25 years of care on its’ Chester Road site.

From this week (Tuesday, 15 December 2020) members of the public can become a pivotal part in building the balloon by sponsoring a panel with their own image, illustration or special heartfelt message, against a backdrop of the hospice’s familiar teal and white brand colours.

Celebrities have already got behind the campaign including ex-world snooker champion Dennis Taylor, singer Rhys Meirion, former Wales International Rugby player Rupert Moon and fitness star Mr Motivator.

Fundraisers believe by sponsoring a panel on the balloon, supporters of the hospice will be part of something unique and special to raise vital funds for those with chronic cancers and other life-limiting illnesses. Individual Sponsors will receive a certificate of authenticity and commemorative balloon pin badge.

It is hoped the completed balloon will take to the skies in summer 2021. Many of the hospice’s face to face fundraising activities have been cancelled or postponed during this year including special one-off anniversary events. Fundraising makes up 80% of monies needed for the hospice’s £3,435,943 annual running costs.

This is what the Nightingale House Hospice Balloon could look like with the public support of its’ brandnew fundraising campaign. *Hot air balloon for illustration purposes only.

Sarah Povey, Fundraiser for Nightingale House said: “Due to the pandemic it’s been a challenging year for the hospice as we have lost a substantial amount of income as we have been unable to use our traditional avenues for event fundraising.  We have had to become even more inventive and creative with our fundraising ideas.  With the hospice’s connection to hot air balloons over the years and the postponement of our extremely popular annual balloon carnival we really wanted to launch a balloon-themed campaign. With some advice and guidance from partners within the balloon industry we have come up with this one of-a-kind campaign. Build A Balloon is a great way for the community to get on board and be part of something that will stay with them and the hospice for years to come”.

Alex Read, Director of Read Construction said: “We are delighted to be the first corporate sponsor to get behind Nightingale House’s Build A Balloon campaign. We know first-hand the excellent care that is provided for patients and their families at the hospice and we are proud to have been their preferred contractor for their recent modernisation programme. We look forward to seeing the completed balloon and hope other businesses will follow our lead and join us to help get the hospice one step closer to their target.”

Other corporate sponsors include Ifor Williams Trailers Ltd, TACP Architects Ltd, DTM Legal LLP, and SP Energy Networks.

To get behind them and make the Build A Balloon dream a reality you can purchase a panel

https://www.nightingalehouse.co.uk/event/build-a-balloon-2/ or become a Corporate Sponsor for Build A Balloon email [email protected]