Dorset business owner wins £1,000 from local charity’s first Virtual Balloon Race

Daniel Blake, owner of DAB Appliances in Dorset, has won the very first Naomi House & Jacksplace Virtual Balloon Race. The £1,000 prize was generously provided by Southern Co-op, which sponsored the event due to the environmentally friendly aspect, following the company’s commitment towards a ‘greener’ world.

The race ran from 8th – 15th September and saw over 100 virtual balloons race across the world, with the aim to travel the furthest in the allotted time. Daniel Blake’s balloon was in second place for the majority of the race, but had a lucky break when the leader of the race popped on the final day, meaning Daniel’s balloon became the winner!

Daniel commented:

I am absolutely over the moon to have won Naomi House & Jacksplace’s virtual balloon race! I’m a newlywed and have just celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my wife, and we plan to use the money towards a deposit on our first house. Thanks to Naomi House and the team for making this possible!

Paul Morgan, Director of Fundraising and Communication at Naomi House & Jacksplace, added:

We’re delighted with the success of our very first balloon race and would like to thank everyone involved – a huge congratulations to Daniel for winning the race! We’re hugely grateful to Southern Co-op for sponsoring the event and look forward to a long lasting relationship with the business going forward.

Gemma Lacey, Southern Co-op’s Director Sustainability & Communications, said:

This is the first time we have been involved in a virtual balloon race and we hope it’s not the last. One of our commitments is to work towards ‘greener’ neighbourhoods and to protect our local environment for the future – so this was a perfect fit. Knowing that each balloon sold will pay for an hour of nursing care is priceless, as we have been privileged to see how vital the hospices are for so many young people. Naomi House & Jacksplace is currently one of our charity partners and we are proud to support a team of people who make such a difference to so many people.

An advanced computer modelling programme using Google Maps and weather data, ‘tracked’ how each balloon reacted to the weather conditions during the race to determine the overall winner. Each balloon cost £21, which could pay for an hour of nursing care at the hospice.

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