Winner in virtual balloon race
A VIRTUAL balloon race ended a long way from home for four-year-old Oscar Furness.
His balloon finished up some 842 miles away in Norway, earning him victory in the fundraising event run by East Cheshire Hospice.
Oscar’s balloon was one of almost 700 in the online race, which used weather data and Google maps for real-time flight tracking to calculate the entry which went furthest.
Oscar’s family received a bumper hamper as their prize.
The event, sponsored by MAC Multi-Activity Centre, raised more than £2,500 for the charity.
Oscar and two-year-old brother Lewis, from Broken Cross, attend Whirley Pre School.
Their gran Margaret Black works in the Sunflower Wellbeing Centre at the hospice.
Lisa Ball, community fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice, said: “This was our second virtual balloon race, which is eco-friendly, and I’d like to thank everyone for their support, including sponsors.
“It was good fun seeing how far the balloons went and Oscar was a convincing winner.”
Oscar Furness with mum Laura and their bumper hamper for winning the hospice’s virtual balloon race