A man with severe disabilities who loves hot air balloons was able to watch this morning’s Bristol International Balloon Festival mass ascent from his bedroom.
Sait Sert, 25, is unable to leave his room, so his regular carer Heather nominated nearby Canford Park to be a take-off site, meaning he was able to watch balloons float past his window.
Sait’s room is filled with pictures and models of balloons and he wore his favourite ballooning t-shirt to mark the occasion.
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His mother Mrs Sert and sister Meryem Sert spoke about his love for balloons. Mrs Sert said: “Sait has loved balloons since he was a child, so seeing them right outside his window was a huge thrill for him.
“It was an unforgettable morning, we’re so pleased that Sait could enjoy the fiesta in such a personal way.”
This is the first year that the festival, which runs between August 2-15, has had a mass ascent of balloons from multiple locations, and the organisers allowed local people to nominate different places for take-offs.
From 6am on August 11, balloons were launched from locations including Queen Square in the city centre, Hanham Common in Hanham, Merchants’ Academy in Withywood and Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe.
Sait’s sister and brother also went to the Canford Park to livestream the take-off, and Sait tuned in from his bed to watch the event happening across the different sites.
Sait Sert and his mother
His carer Heather said: “It’s a privilege to have a job caring for Sait and his face lights up every time he sees a balloon, his smile lights up the whole room.”
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