What's On 12 Days of Christmas Christmas Balloon Race Join our Christmas Balloon Race raising money for Katharine House Are you looking for alternative Christmas gifts this year? Are you looking for new ways to spend time with the family while maybe being a little further apart? Why not take part in the 100% environmentally friendly virtual balloon race and raise money having fun with family, friends and colleagues. Each balloon costs £3 and you can personalise your balloon - what shape it will be and what colour. You can even decide what thickness of rubber to use and how much helium to fill it with. Your balloon will then be launched along with hundreds of others, on 25 December, setting off from Santa's village. There are prizes! The balloon that has reached the furthest when the race finishes seven days later, will win a prize: 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: Apple iPad 3rd Prize: 10 x lucky winner £10 book vouchers The balloon that goes the furthest from all of the Katharine House balloons, will win a small prize from us as well. All this fun without any harm to wildlife and from the comfort of your own home. Who could ask for more! Follow your balloon's progress Once your virtual balloon has been 'released' from Santa's village, you can follow its progress by logging back in to the account through which you purchased the balloon and see how it fairs against the elements. You can watch your balloon sail through the skies with friends, family and colleagues tracking its progress along the way. And the best thing? Throughout the race, you’ll actually be able to see what happens to your balloon and you’ll find out what position you finished in, which really stirs up that competitive spirit. Race against yourself, family and friends Why not buy more than one balloon, give them different thicknesses of rubber and amounts of helium and see which one flies the best? You could have mini competitions against yourself or buy several balloons for different family members and friends. The sky's the limit! How do I take part? It is super easy and fun to take part in the virtual balloon race. It only takes a few steps, but it's an opportunity to learn and teach geography and aerodynamics as well as put your design skills to the test. To buy your balloon, follow these simple steps: Follow this link to the Katharine House Hospice Christmas balloon page on the EcoRacing website or click on the button below. Click ‘Buy Balloons’. Sign in or create an account. Pick how many balloons you want to enter or give as a gift. You design your balloon’s colour, pattern, helium contents and rubber thickness - make sure you label it too. How do I follow the progress of my balloon once the race has started? You can keep an eye on how the race is going and follow progress of the balloons by visiting the race page. From there you will be then be able to check the leaderboard to see how your own balloon is doing. Buy your balloons now Congratulations you have now entered and you can wait for the big race and track its progress during the seven days following their launch. Other 12 Days of Christmas events that might interest you Christmas curry: use up your Christmas turkey and other leftovers in a curry evening to share with friends and family. New Year Quiz: an evening of live online quizzing - the perfect way to look forward to a brighter future in 2021. Keep in touch with what else is going on at Katharine House by signing up to our monthly digital newsletter.