Buy your Save Our Hospice balloon race tickets

St John's Hospice.
St John's Hospice.

Pop along to the Arndale Centre in Morecambe this week where we’ll be selling tickets for our Save Our Hospice Virtual Balloon Race.

Our helpers will be in the shopping centre on Friday for you to purchase a card so you can take part.

The balloon race is the next major event in our Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers appeal to raise £500,000 to preserve St John’s Hospice for future generations.

For just £3 you can buy a ‘balloon’ and watch it fly when the race starts on March 7 with the one that travels the furthest being crowned the winner seven days later.

And whoever’s victorious will win a great family day out courtesy of Megazone, Morecambe Superbowl, Reel Cinemas and Frankie and Benny’s.

But this is a balloon race with a twist– as there are no actual balloons.

Your £3 buys you a card with the unique code allowing you to design your balloon and then follow its progress online when the race starts on Friday, March 7 at 10am.

Alongside this we are also running a competition involving local primary schools. The school which sells the most balloons pro rata will receive 20 per cent of the money they raise to spend in their school.

But the balloon race isn’t just for kids, anyone can get involved.

If you can’t get to the Arndale this week, you can also purchase your balloon card for £3 from the hospice reception, any of the hospice’s nine charity shops, the Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers office at 41 Northgate, White Lund Industrial Estate (near Asda), Morecambe, or online at

If your school, business or community group wants to be involved, contact Anna Scott on 01524 382538 or