Balloons voted LHC’s charity for 2016

Every year we ask our staff to nominate charities for us to support. This year we’re delighted that local children’s bereavement support charity, Balloons, gathered the most votes and we’ll be putting all our fundraising efforts behind them over the coming year.

Staff have already begun planning a wide range of fundraising events to help raise money for the charity, which provides support to children throughout Exeter, east and mid Devon.

Formed in 2007, Balloons supports children, young people and their families before an expected death or following the death of someone important in their lives.

The charity offers a wide range of practical, emotional and social support through providing guidance over the phone, a chance to ask questions over email, face-to-face support and an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations at one of their regular activity days.

The team at LHC have got their aprons at the ready in preparation for a series of seasonal staff ‘Cook Offs’. The spring challenge took place on March 2nd, when CEO of Balloons, Sara Bennett, made a visit to their office at Exeter Business Park, to talk to staff about the work of the charity.

© Guy Newman. 02.03.2016. Sara Bennett (centre) CEO of children's bereavement charity Balloons talks to the team at LHC Architecture & Urbanism who have made Balloons their charity of the year.


© Guy Newman

LHC Director Glayne Price said:

“Balloons is a fantastic charity and all of us here agreed it’s a really worthy cause for our fundraising efforts throughout 2016. We were thrilled to welcome Sara Bennett to our studio to give us an insight into their vital work. It’s very important to us that we support local charities each year, to give something back to our local community and support both the staff and volunteers who run these incredible organisations.”

Never ones to shy away from a challenge, many of the LHC team will also taking on the Devon Coast to Coast bike ride in the summer, cycling 100 miles from Ilfracombe to Plymouth.

Sara Bennett, CEO of Balloons said:

“Corporate fundraising such as this is vital to helping us to continue doing the work we do, supporting more bereaved children and their families in times of need.  The staff at LHC seem to have some great ideas up their sleeve and we are really excited about what they have planned for the rest of the year. All of the money raised will go towards supporting vulnerable children after the death of someone they love, to build resilience and look towards a brighter and happier future”.

To find out more about Balloons and the great work they do click here

© Guy Newman. 02.03.2016. A selection of the food prepared my members of the LHC Architecture & Urbanism team for their 'Spring Bake Off' to raise funds for children's bereavement Ballons, their charity of the year.