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Balloon sent in memory of British dad lands in Polish field

An English woman released a helium balloon into the sky over Birmingham, England, to commemorate the anniversary of her father s death. She had no idea it would travel more than 1,000 miles (1,700 kilometers), crossing land and sea to end up days later in a field in northern Poland, where a farmer found it and was moved by the gesture of a grieving daughter. Sometimes when I speak to my dad, I look up into the sky. So the balloon, I hoped it would travel up there to him, Nicola Bowler, a nurse, said. My dad wasn t very well-travelled. He didn t go very far. So to see how far this has travelled would mean loads to him. He d be laughing at all this. Bowler and her husband released a number of standard small helium balloons on Sept. 2 along with one special star-shaped balloon printed with the words: Always missed but never forgotten Dad / Derek, 26 Apr 50 - 02 Sep 2018. On a whim, she hand-wrote another message with her phone number: Please text me to see how far my dad has ...

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