A charity initiative organised by technology distributor Midwich, of Diss, saw 200 balloons released to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).
Midwich marketing assistant Freya Evans bought the balloon that travelled furthest after a call from Plumstead Green revealed her balloon had travelled over 34 miles. As a further plus, the finder, Mr Graham Curtis, donated his £25 finders’ prize to the charity with another balloon finder also contributing £20.
This balloon race raised £228 for EAAA but, with £400 sponsorship from Midwich business partner KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Ltd and additional donations, a grand total of £673 raised.
On the same evening Midwich staged a small party for all the children that had entered the Arts and Crafts Competition, with each entry having an EAAA theme. The winners, who each received camera prizes, were as follows:13-16 Age Group – Hannah MacDonald; 8-12 Age Group – Martha Wattam; Under 8s – Rhys Chisman
lan Baxter, a volunteer for the EAAA, said: “Midwich have helped us a great deal, having raised over £4,000 in total so far, and we very much appreciate these generous donations.”
Alex Ward, commercial director at Midwich, was full of praise for the event, which captured the imagination of children and adults alike
He added: “Midwich would like to thank everyone for their generosity and support. We would also like to thank Park Flowers, Roy Allen Engineering and our valued business partner KYOCERA Document Solutions UK Ltd for their support and donations.”