NAPA - Tokyo Olympics Race

NAPA (National Activity Providers Association) is a national charity that supports care service to prioritise wellbeing. We support, connect and motivate those with an interest in engagement, well-being and lifestyle.

The NAPA Helpline is here to support care providers to plan activities so that those with care and support needs can enjoy meaningful connection and conversation.

The NAPA Helpline provides FREE advice, support and information about activity, arts, and engagement for staff and family carers providing care, support and meaningful engagement.

You can call us FREE on 0800 1585503 or email

We really need your help to enable us to respond to as many phone calls and emails as possible. We would like to raise £2500 which will fund the Helpline for 3 months.

All donations matter, with your support we can make a difference.

This virtual balloon race is a great, environmentally friendly, fun way to help us fundraise. You can buy a balloon and customise it’s shape, colour, thickness, and helium level.

The balloons will be ‘launched on the 8th of August 2021. They are then subjected to a simulated flight pattern based on the actual weather conditions such as the prevailing wind speed and current temperature. This simulation uses an advanced computer modelling programme linked to Google maps and a commercial weather data supplier. Anyone can follow the leading 100 balloons online through the 7 days of the race.

The winning balloon (£500 prize) is the one that has flown the furthest in a straight line from the launch location. Interestingly, a popped/burst balloon can still win if the wind direction changes and sends the still-flying balloons backwards in a reverse direction.

We are hoping that you will get involved, not only by buying a balloon ( or more) but by holding launch parties for friends, relatives, families, activities that celebrate the Olympics hold a week of balloon-related activities, tracking your balloons progress.
EACH BALLOON COSTS £3, from this NAPA will receive £2.38 per balloon.

Thank you for reading this far, and for buying a balloon. Click below to buy and customise your balloons. (Due to data protection we cannot see who has bought the balloons, so unless you let us know we cannot easily thank you… so please drop us an email and we will send you a Thank You certificate.

Our fundraising target is: £2500

Gross monies raised so far: £921

Supporters so far: 66

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Top 20 balloons within cause

  • #1 Parksprings care home : travelled 183.44km POPPED

  • #2 Field View MMCG: travelled 173.67km FINISHED

  • #3 Woodview 4 : travelled 172.16km FINISHED

  • #4 Ashmead MMCG: travelled 172.07km FINISHED

  • #5 Water Royd MMCG: travelled 166.11km POPPED

  • #6 Bowerfield House MMCG: travelled 165.84km POPPED

  • #7 Pinewood MMCG: travelled 164.78km FINISHED

  • #8 Buckingham House MMCG: travelled 163.94km POPPED

  • #9 Windmill MMCG: travelled 162.91km POPPED

  • #10 Belvoir View MMCG: travelled 161.98km POPPED

  • #11 Eltandia Hall MMCG: travelled 160.89km FINISHED

  • #12 From Chris Maddocks: travelled 150.93km FINISHED

  • #13 Cedar Court MMCG: travelled 144.93km FINISHED

  • #14 Croft House MMCG: travelled 140.68km FINISHED

  • #15 Heritage MMCG: travelled 136.04km FINISHED

  • #16 Ashfield Court MMCG: travelled 135.10km FINISHED

  • #17 Globetrotter: travelled 132.46km FINISHED

  • #18 Chris Maddocks: travelled 125.78km FINISHED

  • #19 Handsworth: travelled 124.91km FINISHED

  • #20 Brunel House MMCG: travelled 122.55km POPPED

Supporter Balloons (307)

  • Ashview Nursing Home joined the race on August 8, 2021, 11:28 AM

  • Balloon joined the race on August 8, 2021, 8:23 AM

  • Balloon joined the race on August 8, 2021, 8:23 AM

  • Keate House joined the race on August 6, 2021, 11:20 PM

  • Balloon joined the race on August 6, 2021, 4:29 PM

  • Balloon joined the race on August 6, 2021, 3:49 PM

  • Balloon joined the race on August 6, 2021, 3:49 PM

  • Neil Rowntree joined the race on August 6, 2021, 1:51 PM

  • Cate Rowntree joined the race on August 6, 2021, 1:51 PM

  • Lily Armstrong joined the race on August 6, 2021, 1:51 PM