Win­ner in vir­tual bal­loon race

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

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

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