Aching Arms


ABOUT US
Aching Arms is a UK-registered, baby loss charity. We offer comfort and support to bereaved families following the loss of their baby during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly after.

We are proud to provide Aching Arms comfort teddy bears to over 160 UK-wide NHS hospitals, other support agencies, and families who contact us directly. We deliver an ongoing programme of awareness training for healthcare professionals and bereavement care in the workplace training for employers.

We actively campaign to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss. We strongly advocate for bereaved parents' emotional and mental health needs, and improved bereavement care.

We host a telephone, text, and email, support service - Supporting Arms - which offers compassion and understanding to anyone affected by the loss of a baby.

OUR VIRTUAL BALLOON RACE
Welcome to our Easter Virtual Balloon Race – a computer simulation race where everything is real except the balloon! It’s 100% eco-friendly with no risk of harm to wildlife.

Each virtual balloon costs just £3 and you can buy as many balloons as you would like.

Setting off from Jerusalem Old City, the balloons will be ‘released’ on Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021 at 12pm (noon) and race for 7 days.

Enjoy taking part in this fun event from the comfort of your own home and track your balloons live as they gently float across the virtual sky. The specialist software uses live weather data to determine the progress of each balloon and they can be tracked on Google Maps and satellites once the race has launched. You can alter your balloon’s parameters at any time to increase your chance of winning.

The race finishes on Sunday 11th April 2021 at 12pm (noon). Winners will be contacted directly and announced on our social media platforms.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Simply sign-up (so we know who you are if you win), once you've paid for your balloon you can then name, personalise, and decorate your balloon via your dashboard by choosing the shape, colour, and pattern, plus the helium content and rubber thickness.

A BALLOON FOR YOU, A BALLOON FOR ME, A BALLOON FOR OUR FAMILY
Your balloon can be in memory of someone special, to celebrate Easter, or just for fun!

Virtual balloons can even be gifted and make a perfect 'virtual' gift. Choose to support Aching Arms whilst buying a fun and unique Easter gift.

To buy a balloon as a gift, once you've signed-up, simply purchase a balloon activation code for £3 each and send the code to your family and friends for them to activate. You could print it off, pop it in a card or wrap it up for a lovely Easter surprise. To join the race, gift codes must be activated by 11.30am on Easter Sunday. The gift recipient can decorate, name, and track their balloon themselves. They may even win a prize!

PRIZES TO BE WON
NATIONAL STAR PRIZES - for the top 12 balloons travelling the furthest from all charities joining this race:
* 1st prize - £500 cash
* 2nd prize - Apple iPad
* 10 x £10 national book tokens.

ACHING ARMS PRIZES - for the top 3 Aching Arms supporters' balloons travelling the furthest in this race:
* 1st prize - £100 Amazon gift card
* 2nd prize - £50 Amazon gift card
* 3rd prize - £25 Amazon gift card.

HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The vital funds you raise help to ensure we can continue to offer comfort and support to bereaved families following the loss of their baby.

Please share our Virtual Balloon Race with your family, friends and colleagues and invite them to support Aching Arms with the purchase of their balloons.

WE'RE HERE TO HELP
If you have any questions about our Easter Virtual Balloon Race, please get in touch with our Fundraising Team, Karen and Roberta, at getinvolved@achingarms.co.uk or call us on 07826 067780.

For more information about our charity, to request a bear, or to donate a bear in memory, please see our website:
https://achingarms.co.uk/

Thank you and best of luck!

The Aching Arms Team x

Registered charity number 1153296.
Registered with Fundraising Regulator.

Our fundraising target is: £1000

Gross monies raised so far: £813

Supporters so far: 125

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