Nominate someone for a free balloon flight

If you live in the Bristol region, you might have seen the Bristol Blue Balloon. The familiar blue balloon is sponsored by Business West, Destination Bristol and UWE and is piloted by Derek Maltby.

Derek and his colleagues are keen to offer something special to our local unsung heroes and are putting on a balloon ‘fly-out’ where a number of like-minded balloonists from the region’s balloon club, have volunteered to offer flights to Key Workers or Carers who have been working hard during the lockdown. Any Key Worker or Carer can be nominated and these could include school staff, postal workers, refuse collectors and those working in retail etc.

“We are so grateful to those people who have continued to work for us all in the region during the lockdown and with the gifts, skills and assets we have, felt we could show our thanks in a tangible way. A balloon flight is on a ‘bucket list’ wish for many people so this could be a special treat for someone who has worked hard over the past months to support their community.”

Derek Maltby

Unsung heroes and key workers from Bristol and the surrounding counties of Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset can be nominated.

Friends, family and co-workers can nominate their unsung heroes via this link: