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Virtual Balloon Race

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - June 15 @ 12:00 pm

100% Eco Friendly Virtual Balloon Race – winning prize £500!!!!!!

See our brochure to find out more by clicking here.

Because this is a virtual race – YOU can personalise your balloon by choosing the size, shape and even the thickness of the rubber; you can decide how much virtual helium you use; you can change the colour or upload a photograph onto your balloon.

When the virtual balloon race is ‘launched’ on Saturday 8th June 2019, the actual prevailing weather conditions for the launch area on the day will be applied to ALL the balloons in the race equally. An advanced computer modelling programme using Google maps and weather data, will then ‘track’ how each balloon reacts to the weather conditions during the race.

A larger, more aerodynamic balloon may fly faster – but it is also at greater risk of exploding, if weather conditions make the balloon rise too high or too fast. If the rubber you select is too thin, the air pressure within your balloon may make it burst; too much ‘helium’ and it could pop early, too little and it might crawl along at a low level or burst on the nearest tree or pylon.

Enter your balloon by 11am on Saturday 8th June 2019

Follow your balloon’s progress

Throughout the race you can track your balloon’s progress online in real time by logging into your account. Have you chosen the winner?

100% environmentally friendly

Unlike a traditional balloon race – where the balloon can cause possible hazard to wildlife, ACCORD’s Balloon Race is 100% environmentally friendly! There is no actual balloon, no string or label, no helium gas. But it’s just as unpredictable as a real race!

Once the balloons are ‘launched’ they will then be subject to a simulated set of weather conditions that are based on the prevailing wind and weather conditions at the actual launch site for the time of year. From that point onwards, the fate of your balloon is controlled by how it will react to the weather conditions it is subjected to. This is simulated using an advanced computer modelling programme linked to Google maps and weather data.

At exactly 12 noon on Saturday 15th June 2019 the race will be closed – and the balloon that has travelled the furthest from the start point in a straight line is the winner!

The winner will be contacted that they have won the race.


June 8 @ 12:00 pm
June 15 @ 12:00 pm


ACCORD Hospice
7 Morton Avenue
Paisley, PA2 7BW United Kingdom


Fundraising Department
0141 581 2000