Family let worries float away with hot air balloon ride

July 31, 2008


Chubb Fire balloons are often seen up and down the country flying at various events.

25th July 2008

The mother and brother of a young visitor to Helen House, a hospice near Oxford, will be seeing Silverstone from a birds eye view on Sunday, when they take the skies in the Chubb Fire Hot Air Balloon as part of the Silverstone Classic event.

Helen & Douglas House is a registered charity providing respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, as well as support and friendship for the whole family. It provides a home-from-home environment where families can receive professional care, practical support and friendship built around their needs. There are many families in the UK caring for a child or young adult who has a life-shortening condition. Caring for someone, often for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over many years, can put an immeasurable strain upon the family. While families willingly invest love, energy and care, life becomes governed by the relentless timetable of nursing and medical needs.

Relationships can suffer, careers may have to be abandoned, healthy brothers and sisters can feel left out and regular family activities and holidays can be rare.
Sue Walter and her son Adam, 16, will therefore enjoy a relaxing ride in the balloon, soaring over the Silverstone circuit at 6am on Sunday, weather permitting.
The distinctive extinguisher-shaped Chubb balloon measures more than 120ft in height, has a capacity of 90,000 cubic feet and can carry two passengers and the pilot. It will be attending key ballooning events across the summer to raise awareness of fire safety across the UK.

The Silverstone Classic, one of Europe's largest classic motor sport events, brings together a unique gathering of classic road and racing cars, to the home of the British Grand Prix and this year celebrates the Circuit's 60th Anniversary. Alongside the racing a period funfair, live jazz, period air displays, hot air balloons and an antique fair will provide entertainment for the whole family.