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, hospices, funeral directors, other support agencies, and to families who contact us directly.

Our care team host Supporting Arms, a telephone and email support service that gives families a confidential, safe space to talk to someone who understands the devastating impact of baby loss and where they will be listened to with empathy and compassion.

Our work also includes actively campaigning 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 deliver an ongoing programme of awareness training for healthcare professionals and bereavement care in the workplace training for employers.

Welcome to our Christmas 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 Santa's Village, Lapland, the balloons will be ‘released’ on Christmas Day 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.

The race finishes on New Year's Day at 12pm (noon). Winners will be contacted directly and announced on our social media platforms within 5 working days.

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.

Your balloon can be in memory of someone special, to celebrate Christmas, 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 Christmas gift.

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

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.

The vital funds you raise ensure we can continue to offer comfort and support to bereaved families across the UK following the loss of their baby.

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

If you have any questions about our Christmas Virtual Balloon Race, please get in touch with our Fundraising Team, Karen and Roberta, at 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:

Thank you and best of luck!

The Aching Arms Team x

Our fundraising target is: £3000

Gross monies raised so far: £2439

Supporters so far: 398

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Top 20 balloons within cause

  • #1 Oscar : travelled 147.78km POPPED

  • #2 Poppy kay Clarke : travelled 146.98km POPPED

  • #3 Joshua : travelled 146.20km POPPED

  • #4 Oliver Paul Speed : travelled 141.22km POPPED

  • #5 Elizabeth: travelled 136.77km POPPED

  • #6 Hannah : travelled 132.47km POPPED

  • #7 Pip Page XXX: travelled 128.28km FINISHED

  • #8 My angel Holly : travelled 127.86km FINISHED

  • #9 LeaJFamily: travelled 126.78km POPPED

  • #10 Balloon: travelled 126.12km POPPED

  • #11 Isla Wiles: travelled 126.08km FINISHED

  • #12 No Strings Attached: travelled 125.87km FINISHED

  • #13 Alaia: travelled 125.60km FINISHED

  • #14 Adam John Ryan Evans: travelled 125.57km FINISHED

  • #15 Balloon: travelled 124.98km FINISHED

  • #16 For my twin Holly : travelled 124.91km FINISHED

  • #17 Big Brother Theo: travelled 124.40km FINISHED

  • #18 Nora: travelled 124.19km FINISHED

  • #19 Theodora Rose Augustin: travelled 124.15km POPPED

  • #20 Ronnie Raindeer: travelled 123.98km FINISHED

Supporter Balloons (813)

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  • Willow rose joined the race on December 25, 2021, 9:09 AM

  • W R Hills joined the race on December 25, 2021, 9:09 AM

  • Arthur Sivers joined the race on December 25, 2021, 8:48 AM

  • Angel Robinson joined the race on December 25, 2021, 8:36 AM

  • Angel Robinson joined the race on December 25, 2021, 8:36 AM

  • Angel Robinson joined the race on December 25, 2021, 8:36 AM

  • Luca Andrew Mccallion joined the race on December 25, 2021, 8:05 AM