Epsom care home commemorates cancer sufferers with balloon release

Appleby House, in Longmead Road, Epsom, organised a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support

Appleby House, in Longmead Road, Epsom, organised a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A care home got into the charitable spirit by releasing balloons and raising money for a cancer support charity.

Staff members at Appleby House, in Longmead Road, Epsom, a residential care home for the elderly, raised £200 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity through donations from staff, relatives and shops in Pound Lane.

Staff also dressed in their pyjamas for the day and released balloons in memory of loved-ones lost to cancer to mark the fundraising.

Shona Bradbury, the home’s manager, said: "Residents and visitors to the home found it highly amusing seeing staff members coming to work dressed in pajamas and hair rollers.

"The event was made even more special when passing traffic acknowledged the balloon release."

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5:38pm Sun 15 Jun 14

AndyMabbett says...

What a lot of litter! Will the organisers collect it up, when it fouls our beaches, rivers, oceans, parks and countryside?

Balloon releases are harmful to the environment, to wildlife and to domestic animals, as I outline in this article:

http://birdguides.co
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Even supposedly biodegradable balloons can last – and do harm – for a year or more. Newspapers, cardboard boxes, supermarket carrier bags and fast-food leftovers are all biodegradable; would it be OK to scatter them so carelessly?

Organisations who oppose balloon releases include the Marine Conservation Society, the RSPB, the RSPCA, the National Farmers’ Union, the Shark Trust, the Tidy Britain Group, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scottish Natural Heritage, Tidy Wales, Tidy Northern Ireland, The Country Land and Business Association, Surfers Against Sewage, Clean Cornwall, county bird clubs, various Wildlife Trusts, the Bumblebee Trust, The Soil Association, The Waterways Trust, local councils and others.
What a lot of litter! Will the organisers collect it up, when it fouls our beaches, rivers, oceans, parks and countryside? Balloon releases are harmful to the environment, to wildlife and to domestic animals, as I outline in this article: http://birdguides.co m/webzine/article.as p?a=1490 Even supposedly biodegradable balloons can last – and do harm – for a year or more. Newspapers, cardboard boxes, supermarket carrier bags and fast-food leftovers are all biodegradable; would it be OK to scatter them so carelessly? Organisations who oppose balloon releases include the Marine Conservation Society, the RSPB, the RSPCA, the National Farmers’ Union, the Shark Trust, the Tidy Britain Group, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Scottish Natural Heritage, Tidy Wales, Tidy Northern Ireland, The Country Land and Business Association, Surfers Against Sewage, Clean Cornwall, county bird clubs, various Wildlife Trusts, the Bumblebee Trust, The Soil Association, The Waterways Trust, local councils and others. AndyMabbett
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10:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Drw1111 says...

You sad little man...... dont you realise that this was for cancer support..... look at this picture, and look at how happy everyone is..... and then think to yourself that they have more than likely lost a loved one to cancer.... so think about the things that you write before writing them.....
You sad little man...... dont you realise that this was for cancer support..... look at this picture, and look at how happy everyone is..... and then think to yourself that they have more than likely lost a loved one to cancer.... so think about the things that you write before writing them..... Drw1111
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