Sad Farewells and Excited Hellos

At Balloons we are sad to have to bid a fond farewell to our retiring CEO Sara Bennett. Sara is our first CEO and has transformed the charity in the seven years that she has been at the helm. We wish Sara all the very best with her retirement and know that she will stay in touch with us.

The good news is that we are delighted to be welcoming Nicola Clarke as our new CEO in late January 2022. Nicola has recently relocated to the south west. She is currently Senior Operations Manager for the National Childbirth Trust. Nicola has 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector across large and small charities, as a member of staff, a manager, a leader, a trustee and a volunteer. This means that Nicola brings a wealth of experience to the role – staff leadership, business development, project management, operational management, safeguarding and fundraising.

Nicola’s passion lies in providing services to vulnerable children and young people. She understands the need for small charities to be values led and to focus on positive outcomes for service users, whilst keeping an eye on development opportunities and innovative ways of working.

Nicola says: “It is a privilege to take up this new role as CEO at Balloons. I want to wish Sara all the very best for the future and can’t wait to get to know the staff team, the volunteers and the trustees, and to start being part of a charity that makes such an amazing difference to the lives of grieving children and young people. I am 100% committed to the values of the charity and believe with a passion that supporting children and young people when they are bereaved is part of what makes us a civilised society. Small charities function best when everyone works as part of a team, and I commit to building my understanding of what has gone before me and what I can do to take the charity forward. Thank you for this opportunity”.

Referrals for 1:1 Grief Support in Schools

We take referrals for 1:1 grief support work with pupils aged 5 to 25. If you are interested in referring a pupil to us please call us and together we can discuss how to help you. Please call us on 01392 826064

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About US

We are a local charity in Exeter and Devon

Balloons is a charity that provides support for children, young people and their families before an expected death, or following the death, of someone significant in their lives.

We work across Exeter, Mid and East Devon, providing a dedicated phone line, one-to-one support with children and young people in a safe environment, activity days for children and family events.

Black Lives Matter: A Statement

Balloons is committed to equality, inclusion and creating better lives for all. We condemn the brutal killing of African-American George Floyd and all racist killings around the world, and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement protesting his killing and wider injustices.