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10 AUGUST 2020

Key Workers Balloon Flight


Local Balloon Pilots rally round to support Key Workers and Carers

If you live in the Bristol region, you are likely to know the Bristol Blue Balloon. The familiar blue balloon is sponsored by Business West, Destination Bristol and UWE Bristol and is piloted by Derek Maltby.

Derek and his colleagues are keen to offer something special to our local unsung heroes and are putting on a balloon ‘fly-out’ where a number of like-minded balloonists from the region’s balloon club, have volunteered to offer flights to Key Workers or Carers who have been working hard during the lockdown. Any Key Worker or Carer can be nominated and these could include school staff, postal workers, refuse collectors and those working in retail etc

Derek explains, “We are so grateful to those people who have continued to work for us all in the region during the lockdown and with the gifts, skills and assets we have, felt we could show our thanks in a tangible way. A balloon flight is on a ‘bucket list’ wish for many people so this could be a special treat for someone who has worked hard over the past months to support their community.” 

Unsung heroes and key workers from Bristol and the surrounding counties of Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset can be nominated. 

Friends, family and co-workers can nominate their unsung heroes via this link:


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Terms and Conditions

All nominees / entrants must be aged 18 or over.

All nominations must be received by midnight on Monday 31st August 2020, the (“closing date”). Any entries received after the closing date will be void.

The promoter of this competition for Key Workers and Carers to win a balloon flight is Derek Maltby; he has no interest or benefit from this opportunity/promotion.

To enter you must complete the nomination entry form through the following methods:

Complete the nomination form at

Email, including the name and contact details for you and your nominee.

All nominees will have their name entered into a random draw where the successful applicant’s names will be selected.

There is no cash equivalent to the prize.

Only the person nominated is entitled to take the balloon flight, this is not transferrable to another person.

Nominated people must reside or work in the following areas: Bristol, Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.

The balloon flight is intended to take place on an early morning (circa 6 am) in early September (it may not be a weekend). No alternative date can be provided, unless we are in “lockdown” and government guidance due to COVID-19 or the weather is not suitable for flying. In this instance we will endeavor to reschedule in 2021 if the flight is unable to take place in 2020.

Due to the nature of ballooning, passengers need to be medically fit and mobile to participate -  There is no upper age limit, passengers must be able to climb in and out of the basket which is about 42 inches high (1.1m) and stand for at least one hour. Due to safety and operational requirements, we are unable to accommodate passengers whose weight exceeds 114kg (18 st).

If the person nominated or their family suffered from COVID-19 in the last 28 days then we would be unable to accept the nomination.

The nominees will be notified by email or phone or using the other contact details provided by the nominator week commencing 31st August 2020.

If a nominee has not consented to being nominated, and refuses any part of the process, we reserve the right to re-draw another nominee from valid entries that were received during the nomination period.

All reasonable endeavours will be made to contact the nominees during the specified time.

If a nominee cannot be contacted or is not available, we reserve the right to re-draw another nominee from the valid entries that were received during the nomination period.

You and the nominee must not share the details with anyone of the date or location of flight departure once you are advised.

The nominee must have their own transport to and from the launch site, which is likely to be in Bristol.

You are able to nominate yourself if you are a Key Worker or Carer.

Due to the space restrictions, unfortunately only the selected nominee will be able to take part - and no additional family members or friends will be able to be present at the site.

By entering, any nominators and nominees agree to allow the use of their names, photographs for publicity and news purposes during this promotion without restrictions.

By entering, all eligible nominators and nominees agree to abide by each and all these terms and conditions.  If terms and conditions are breached, those doing so will be disqualified from taking any further part in this opportunity.

We reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions.


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Balloon Fiesta. PHOTO:@BestOfBristol