Hot air balloon is focus of Leicester charity event

Local business people in Leicester will be teaming up during May to raise money for the Lord’s Taverners charity and Loros Hospice.

On 19th May, celebrity guests will take part in the Alternative Balloon Debate at Leicester Cathedral, to decide who will be the most suitable person- real, fictional, living or dead- to help Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth.

The celebs confirmed for the event include the chairwoman of the Office of Tax Simplification, Angela Knight CBE, former politician Derek Hatton and Nick Hancock, a comedian. The event will be chaired by Paul Nixon, an ex-cricketer who played for England and Leicestershire, and George Chuter, a former Leicester Tigers and England international rugby player.

Each celebrity chooses a hero to be trapped in a hot air balloon, which is plummeting to the ground. Three of the heroes are selected to rescue Richard III, while three are thrown overboard.

The event includes a meal which costs £100 per person. The donated money will be divided between the hospice and Lord’s Taverners, which is a local charity helping disabled and disadvantaged youngsters take part in sports. The chairman of East Midlands branch of Lord’s Taverners, Ian Guyler, said:

“The night will see a metaphorical balloon plummeting to earth over the battlefield, and for it to land safely three have to be thrown out.”

Thankfully, a journey in a hot air balloon doesn’t involve anyone being thrown out or reliance on anyone having to save the day. Hot air balloon rides are becoming increasingly popular with people of all ages.

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