A right grand lift-off

Wallace and Gromit’s moon rocket launched over Bristol for a grand morning out.

The famous duos’ very first invention, as seen in A Grand Day Out, has been reinvented into a special shaped hot air balloon to raise money for charity.

The bright orange balloon took off from Bristol Harbourside a few days ago for its maiden flight, with Aardman co-founder and Creative Director Peter Lord present to carry out last-minute inspections.

The balloon was the brainchild of Exclusive Ballooning, who collaborated with Aardman on the design before sponsoring the balloon in support of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the dedicated charity for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The iconic design will now fly high around the world in support of critically ill and sick children across Bristol, the South West and South Wales.

For 25 years, The Grand Appeal has partnered with Aardman, who generously allow the Wallace & Gromit characters to spearhead the charity’s fundraising.

Since 1995, the Appeal has raised over £70 million to fund life-saving medical equipment, pioneering research, three family accommodation houses, 20 specialist support staff and a programme of art, music and play.

Those who spot or capture the rocket in flight are encouraged to post their photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #spottherocket to help raise awareness of the balloon and the thousands of sick children it will support.