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Virtual Balloon Race

So it’s up, up and away for all you race fans out there as Dr Kershaw’s launches you into the world of virtual balloon racing. 

With prizes to be won, this is your chance to have a bit of flying fun from the comfort of your own sofa and raise funds for your local hospice.

On Sunday 2nd June will see virtual balloons going with the flow, setting off from Westminster Bridge. After 7 days of virtually sailing the skies, using live weather data and a bit of computer magic, your balloon could travel far and wide! There are some amazing overall race prizes – with the winner receiving £500, second place balloon wins an Apple iPad and 10 runners-up, a £10 book voucher. We’re giving a special prize too, for the Dr Kershaw’s balloon that goes the extra mile, travelling the longest distance!

A Beginner’s Guide to a Virtual Balloon Race

What is a Virtual Balloon Race? 

It’s an eco-friendly, simulated balloon race, where everything is real, except the balloons!  By using real live weather data, coupled with clever mathematical and physics stuff, a computer simulates your balloon’s flight.

When is launch day?

On June 2nd, from a virtual Westminster Bridge in London.  The balloon race will last for 7 days.

Can I personalise my balloon?

Yes, you will be able to change it’s colour, add text, change it’s shape and even decide on the thickness of the virtual latex and how much virtual helium you’d like it to contain - all important stuff when it comes to how far your balloon will fly and whether or not it may burst!

How will I know where my balloon is?

Even more clever computer wizardry enables you to track your balloon 24/7 using Google maps.  So you can keep track of your progress at the same time as having a geography lesson.

To join the race, visit our special web page here.

Balloons are just £3 each and proceeds from Dr Kershaw’s supporter’s balloons will go directly to the care of patients and families from your community.

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