Bodie Hodges Annual Events
Bodie’s Virtual Balloon Race
Join us for Bodie’s Virtual Balloon Race this Easter!
A virtual balloon race is a 100% eco-friendly simulation, where everything about the race is real, except the balloon! The race is operated by Ecoracing.co, and as a virtual race, it means that no birds or animals are harmed, and no latex or plastic waste is left in the environment afterwards. The winning virtual balloon is the one which has flown the furthest as measured in a straight line from the launch location.
To enter simply:
• Buy a virtual balloon – Virtual balloons cost just £3! You can buy as many as you like and the more you buy, the more you increase your chance of winning! To buy your balloons please click the button below
• Customise it – Make your balloon as unique as you are! You can customise your virtual balloons shape, size, and composition to increase your chance of winning. Ecoracing use real-life weather tracking, so make sure your virtual balloon is built to stand all weathers!
• Track it – Live! During the 7-day race period. The race starts on Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021, when the balloons will be “launched” from Istanbul, Turkey! Remember to log on and track your individual balloons progress throughout the race (a great geography and science learning aid for anyone home schooling!)
Prizes – All of the prizes for the overall race winners are provided by Ecoracing.co.
• First Prize – £500
• Second Prize – Apple iPad
• 10 runners up prizes – £10 book tokens
In addition to these prizes, the Bodie Hodges Foundation are delighted to offer a £25 Amazon eGift Voucher to the winner of Bodie’s Balloon Race, kindly given by an anonymous donor.
Click below to visit the Ecoracing website to buy your balloons
We are really thrilled to be working in partnership with Fleckney Events, who have generously agreed to donate 10% of all ticket sales from The Big Disney Drive-In Cinema events, showing 22nd-26th April 2021 in Coalville, Leicestershire, to the Bodie Hodges Foundation. For further information about the amazing range of Disney films showing and to purchase tickets, please go to
Annual Sports Dinner with John Barnes
We are delighted to announce that we have just secured John Barnes for our 8th Annual Sports Dinner at Leicester Tigers on Thursday 30th September 2021. We look forward on the night to listening to many stories from his Watford and Liverpool days, the highs and lows of playing for England under Bobby Robson in Mexico and Italy, his sensational goal against Brazil at the Maracanã and also the key role he has played throughout his career in campaigning to kick racism out of football. He will be supported once again by the exceptionally talented magician Jamie Raven.
Bodie Hodges Annual Sports Dinner
In previous years we have seen sporting legends such as Frank Bruno, Martin Johnson, Jimmy Bullard, and Phil Tufnell come along and entertain us with insightful and often amusing stories about their life in sport. Held at Leicester Tigers, we are able to offer a high -quality evening in a relaxed atmosphere with a 3 course meal, auction, table games and some excellent support acts.
Belfry Golf Day – New Date Confirmed
Unfortunately, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Golf Day at The Belfry that was due to place in July. Whilst this is very disappointing we have moved quickly to secure a new day for 2021. We are therefore delighted to announce that the new date for the Bodie Hodges Golf Day at the world famous Brabazon Course at The Belfry is Thursday 29th July 2021. If you would like more information or would like to book a team, please contact
Santa Fun Run
Launched for the first time in 2019, in the grounds of Leicester racecourse, over 300 people of all ages and abilities dressed up in their santa suits and took on either the 1km Inclusive Fun Run or the more challenging 3km route around the course. This is a fantastic family event that gets everyone in the mood for the Christmas festivities
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly food shop to Christmas gifts – you could be raising free donations for the Bodie Hodges Foundation with Easyfundraising?
There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Waitrose & Partners, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, Booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds!
All you need to do is:
1. Go to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/bodiehodges and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easy fundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to the Bodie Hodges Foundation at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges, and the Bodie Hodges Foundation will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.
We believe that the support of individuals and community groups is fundamental to the success of the Bodie Hodges Foundation. Every year people take on new and exciting challenges that raise an incredible amount of money to help us provide vital services and helps them achieve personal goals.
Anybody fundraising for us is welcomed into the Team Bodie community where they receive many benefits including
Event Support and Advice
Training Advice and Guidance
Fitness & Coaching Sessions
Branded Sports Kit
Early Access to Guaranteed Places for National Events
Personal Money Giving Page
We love to see the fantastic ideas and challenges that people come to us with. In the past year, people have taken on The Three Peaks Challenge, The Yorkshire Three Peaks, A Pylon Climb, The Disney Challenge, Triathlons as well as Bake Sales, Tuck Shops and Fashion Shows to name but a few. If you are interested in talking to us about a personal challenge then please get in touch.
If you have already decided on your challenge for this year then please visit Virgin Money Giving and set up a fundraising page. Let us know when you are running your event and we will give you a shout out on Social Media. Our work is only possible through fundraising and donations and we would love you to join Team Bodie.