Christmas virtual balloon race

You can join the fun of our Christmas virtual balloon race to raise money to support carers. See just how far your balloon can go and be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Each balloon costs £3 and every one sold helps support carers in your local community – carers are the people who look after a family member or friend. It means we can offer more carers the practical and emotional support they need this Christmas.

Simply visit the ecoracing site to buy your balloon, buy a balloon for a friend or to activate your gift code.

The balloon race also sees racers from other charities and community groups taking part too with prizes of:

  • 1st place – £500 cash
  • 2nd place – Apple iPad
  • 10 lucky winners – £10 book tokens

And exclusively to Caring Together entrants, we are also giving away a £25 gift voucher* for the Caring Together supporter whose balloon travels the furthest.

How the balloon race works

All the virtual balloons are launched on Christmas Day – then the race is on!

It’s a seven-day computer simulation race where everything is real except the balloon. That means there is no negative environmental impact on wildlife, climate change, plastic waste or litter.

But the prizes are real, and the benefits to carers of the money raised are very real.

The race software uses live weather data to determine the progress of each balloon.

So, once you have bought a virtual balloon for £3 you choose the name, colour, shape and pattern.

And then you can get competitive. You can choose different features of your balloon, such as how thick to make it and how much helium to fill it with. This helps determine exactly how it flies, how far it goes, and your chances of winning.

Each entry can be tracked on Google Maps and Satellites once launched. Of the £3 paid for every balloon from our page at ecoracing £2.35 is donated to help support carers.

Buy or gift a balloon

You can buy your own balloon or choose to buy an ‘activation code’ to send a friend.

This could be a fun game to play for children, a competition with colleagues, or a challenge with friends or community group.

You may want to send them our suggested information – you can add your personal message when you send them the activation code you have bought.

You can download our suggested message for you to use in emails gifting a balloon [PDF, 74kB] don’t forget to add your activation code

Buy more balloons for a bigger prize

There are also special bonus prizes the more balloons we sell!

  • More than 500 balloons sold – £50 for furthest balloon flight
  • More than 1,000 balloons sold – £100 for furthest balloon flight
  • More than 10,000 balloons sold – £1,000 for furthest balloon flight.