Aching Arms is a UK-registered, baby loss charity. We offer comfort and support to bereaved parents 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 also 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.

Welcome to our first ever 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 in 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. You can alter your balloon’s parameters at any time to increase your chance of winning.

The race finishes on New Year's Day at 12pm (noon). Winners will be contacted directly and announced on our social media platforms on 4th January 2021.

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:

• For your family, friends, or neighbours
• For your colleagues, co-workers, team, or department
• For your customers, clients, suppliers, or contacts
• As a work or family-based Secret Santa gift
• As a stocking filler gift
• As a Christmas table setting gift or Christmas cracker 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 13 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 will help to ensure we can continue our ongoing work and continue to reach out and offer comfort and support to bereaved families following the loss of their baby.

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

If you have any questions about our 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: £1347

Supporters so far: 228

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