The sky’s the limit for Nightingale House Hospice as their dream “Build A Balloon” project takes flight. The hospice consequently aims to lift the spirits of the community by creating their own hot air balloon to mark 25 years of care on its Chester Road site.
A Pivotal Role
Members of the public can also play a pivotal role by sponsoring a panel with their own image, illustration or a special heartfelt message. All this will be against a backdrop of the hospice’s familiar teal and white brand colours.
Celebrities are indeed already behind the campaign. These include ex-world snooker champion Dennis Taylor and singer Rhys Meirion. Former Wales International Rugby player Rupert Moon and fitness star Mr Motivator are also taking part.
Fundraisers believe that by sponsoring a panel on the balloon, the hospice’s supporters will be part of something unique. These supporters will help to raise vital funds for those with chronic cancers and other life-limiting illnesses. Individual sponsors will also receive a certificate of authenticity and a commemorative balloon pin badge.
A Challenging Year
Nightingale are hoping the completed balloon will take to the skies in summer 2021. The hospice had to cancel or postpone many fundraising activities last year, including some special one-off anniversary events. Fundraising additionally makes up 80% of monies needed for the hospice’s £3,435,943 annual running costs.
Sarah Povey, Fundraiser for Nightingale House, said: “It’s been a challenging year for the hospice due to the pandemic. We have lost substantial income as we cannot use the more 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 developed this one-of-a-kind campaign. Build A Balloon is a great way for the community to get on board. They can 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 the hospice provides for patients and their families. Read Construction are proud to have been the preferred contractor for their recent modernisation programme. We can’t wait to see the completed balloon. Hopefully, other businesses will 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 help make the Build A Balloon dream a reality, you can purchase a panel at nightingalehouse.co.uk/event/build-a-balloon. You can become a Corporate Sponsor for Build A Balloon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Main image – red hats: Read Construction; yellow: Nightingale. l-r: Lee Bell, Eluned Griffiths, Alex Read, Steve Parry and Billy McCormack.