The Great GYC Virtual Balloon Race

Start date: 26/07/2021
End date: 31/07/2021

26th July at 12.00am – 1st August 12.00pm

Start your school holidays off with a fun virtual balloon race and see if you come out as a winner!

Add your personalized balloons to our starting line up and watch the balloons race to the finish over the last week of July. The balloons will be released on Monday 26th July and will float across the virtual sky until a winner is crowned at 12.00pm on Sunday 1st August.

How it works

You can buy your virtual balloons for a minimum donation of £3* each now, and every penny raised will help us be there for young carers in Gloucestershire.

Entries will close at 11am on Saturday 24th July.

You can buy as many as you like- the more you have the better chance of winning the race! You can customize each balloon with a name, colour and special message.

To purchase your balloon via debit or credit card, please click ‘Buy Your Balloon’ via this link to our race: – Virtual Balloon Race

There is no age limit on this competition, so everyone can get involved.

Track your Balloons

You’ll be sent a link and can see the race from this webpage so you can track how your balloons are doing during the week. The winning balloon is the one which has flown the furthest.

Winners will be announced on our social media, so make sure to follow us @glosyoungcarers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in our race, thanks to our sponsors Midcounties Cooperative.

First – £75 Co-Op gift voucher

Second – £50 Co-Op gift voucher

Third – £25 Co-Op gift voucher

*No purchase is necessary to enter the balloon race. You can enter for free by sending your chosen balloon design and message, your name, address and contact telephone number and email address to: Gloucestershire Young Carers, 7 Twigworth Court Business Centre, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PG. Free postal entries must be received by 10am on Friday 30th July. Free entries received after this time and date will not be eligible for entry.

Follow the Race

Check back here on 26th July 2021 to see the launch of our race and follow the progress of your balloon across the week.