Pink balloon travels 720 miles from March to Switzerland in memory of baby Olivia

Connor Fyson released a pink balloon in memory of his sister Olivia and it travelled to Switzerland

Connor Fyson released a pink balloon in memory of his sister Olivia and it travelled to Switzerland where it was found in a meadow PHOTO: Emma Saunders - Credit: Archant

A family who released three pink balloons outside their home in March in memory of their daughter Olivia could not believe it when one was found 720 miles away in a tiny village in Switzerland.

Connor Fyson released a pink balloon in memory of his sister Olivia and it travelled to Switzerland

Connor Fyson released a pink balloon in memory of his sister Olivia and it travelled to Switzerland where it was found in a meadow. the coule sent the lable back with a card PHOTO: Emma Saunders - Credit: Archant

To make it even more special, it was the balloon released by her brother, six year old year Connor Fyson, which was discovered in a meadow by a couple in Brutten, 15 miles from Zurich airport.

Mum Emma Saunders said: “Connor was so excited. He said ‘Olivia has got the balloon and sent the label back to me to let me know she is OK’. It choked me. It was a very special moment.”

Emma, her partner Steve Fyson, and son Connor let off the balloons outside their home in Elliott Road, March, in their own special family memorial ceremony.

“Olivia was born asleep at 22 weeks and five days on Thursday February 9,” Emma said. “We felt the funeral would be too much for Connor so had our own ceremony for him with the balloons.

Connor Fyson's balloon travelled 720 miles from March in Cambridgeshire to Brutten, near Zurich airp

Connor Fyson's balloon travelled 720 miles from March in Cambridgeshire to Brutten, near Zurich airport.. - Credit: Archant


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“I didn’t for one minute think anybody would find them.

“Olivia was born on a Thursday, we released the balloons on a Thursday and the label was returned to us from the couple in Switzerland on Thursday too.

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“I can’t believe it travelled so far.”

The three pink balloons were released on Thursday March 9 and a card with the original pink label was returned to the family on Thursday March 30 - three weeks later - from Ursina and Robert Battensperger, who live in the picturesque Swiss village which has just 2,000 residents.

Emma Saunders, her son Connor Fyson and her partner Steve Fyson released pink balloons in memory of

Emma Saunders, her son Connor Fyson and her partner Steve Fyson released pink balloons in memory of baby Olivia. Connor's balloon travelled to Switzerland where it was found in a meadow PHOTO: Emma Saunders - Credit: Archant

• The letter says in English - Dear sister, Dear brother, Dear family, we found the balloon you let off in a meadow near our house in Brutten. Brutten is a village in Switzerland near Zurich airport. We think it was a lovely idea to let off this balloon.

Then in German it adds - with kind regards and best wishes from Switzerland.

Connor Fyson and his family released pink balloons in memory of his sister Olivia and his travelled

Connor Fyson and his family released pink balloons in memory of his sister Olivia and his travelled to Switzerland where it was found in a meadow PHOTO: Emma Saunders - Credit: Archant

Connor Fyson released a pink balloon in memory of his sister Olivia and it travelled to Switzerland

Connor Fyson released a pink balloon in memory of his sister Olivia and it travelled to Switzerland where it was found in a meadow. The couple returend the lable with a card PHOTO: Emma Saunders - Credit: Archant

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