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Balloon Fiesta organisers team up with charity to promote support

Cameron Balloons, the company that organises the famous Bristol Balloon Fiesta, has recently crafted a huge hot air balloon for local charity Above and Beyond, whose aim is to support the city centre hospitals. The charity’s chief executive, Sarah Talbot-Williams, said:
"We are passionate about what we do and keen to capture the attention and support of everyone. Our balloon will remind everyone of the importance of the hospitals, which each year care for more than 500,000 people from across the region.”
She went on to point out that with a 10-year life span, the new balloon would be seen in the skies of the South West for years, and stated that this was hoped to be the biggest and most successful charity partnership that the Balloon Fiesta had formed. The charity’s goal is promote its work and increase support, with any monies raised going towards an appeal that aims to drum up £6m to transform the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, as well as the city’s Royal Infirmary. Held in August, the event attracts thousands of visitors, who travel far and wide to watch the dozens of pilots taking part. Above and Beyond is actively looking for volunteers to help it with ground-based collections. The upcoming Fiesta is not the first balloon-based celebration to hit the news recently in support of a charitable cause; the Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival, coming this weekend, will see balloons take off to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance.
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