A balloon launched as part of a charity race in Essex has landed over 500 miles away in Germany.
The balloon was launched at the Countess of Warwick Show in Little Easton last month, as part of a fundraising event organised by leading local estate agent Mullucks Wells.
Each balloon had been marked with a unique identification ticket, which the finder was asked to return. The winning balloon was discovered in Petersdorf, Germany and was launched by 8 year old Georgina Blackburn from Bishop’s Stortford.
The race was organised by Mullucks Wells as part of its fundraising campaign for local charities to mark the company’s 21st anniversary. Throughout the year, Mullucks Wells are holding a variety of money making events, as well as donating £100 for every property they sell until April 2012. Staff are also providing ‘hands-on’ support to their chosen charity, to help establish new projects. The balloon race raised £300 for West Essex Mind, the charity nominated by Mullucks Wells’ Dunmow branch.
Tim Trembath of Mullucks Wells said: “What an incredible result! We were hoping that our balloons would travel into Europe, so we had the finder’s instructions printed in both French and German. But it’s amazing to think that this little balloon managed to travel all the way to Eastern Germany from East Anglia!”
Georgina was presented with a teddy bear from Abracadabra Teddy Bears in Saffron Walden and the finder of the balloon in Germany has been sent a bottle of champagne.