The P&A Group has announced that it will be one of a select number of corporate sponsors of the hot-air balloon to mark the 25th anniversary of Wrexham-based Nightingale House Hospice.

The Hospice provides specialist palliative care services, completely free-of-charge, to patients and their families across an area stretching from Wrexham, Flintshire and East Denbighshire to Barmouth and the border towns including Oswestry and Whitchurch.

P&A Group, which includes P&A Pallets and Packaging, the Woodworks Garden Centre and Café in Mold, Zest 4 Leisure timber garden products and St Andrews Business Centre, is a keen supporter of the community.

In addition to being a previous supporter of Nightingale House, the Group was approached in recognition of its work in the local community and its fundraising achievements and support for local and national charities. The company’s logo will now feature on the balloon alongside a limited number of local and national businesses.

Commenting on P&A Group’s involvement, Managing Director, Steve Morgan said:

We were honoured that Nightingale House approached us to ask if we’d like to feature on the 25th Anniversary balloon - supporting the community has always been important to us at P&A.

We recognise the outstanding work the Hospice does in providing specialist palliative care services for those with life-limiting illnesses to patients and their families in our local community and are pleased to support this fundraising initiative. It also is a great opportunity to get all our staff involved and enjoy watching some ballooning over the summer at various locations.

The inspiration for the bespoke balloon comes from Nightingale Houses’ involvement in hot air ballooning in Oswestry over a number of years. Appropriately, the first flight is proposed to be at Oswestry Balloon Carnival on 21st and 22nd August, weather permitting.

Based on the number of flights and uses, it’s estimated that the hot-air balloon will have a lifespan of between four and six years.

Commenting on the Balloon, Laura Parry, Head of Fundraising at Nightingale House Hospice said:

When we initially started the campaign, we were realistic and looked at different size balloons as we were unsure as to what we would be capable of achieving.

We're delighted that P&A Group decided to get involved and all sponsored panels will contribute to our special 25th anniversary balloon that will fly the skies in 2021 and beyond.

In addition to corporate support, members of the public can also get involved with the special anniversary hot-air balloon and more information is available here.