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News ReleaseBalloons All Round At Birmingham Children's Hospital

May 27, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

To celebrate National Balloon Week every child at Birmingham Children's Hospital received a balloon, thanks to Air Products, leading industrial gas supplier and developer of the Party Perfect ™ system.

"Children everywhere love balloons. That was evident from the looks of the kids' faces as we handed them the balloons. From toddlers to teenagers, and even the nursing staff, the balloons were greeted with an instant smile," says Gill Beech, business development manager, at Air Products. "As a leading supplier of helium for balloons, we, at Air Products, wanted to celebrate National Balloon Week in style and could think of no better way than to bring the fun and excitement of balloons to the children at the hospital."

The Air Products team inflated 400 foil balloons, donated by Amscan International, with helium, before touring the hospital to hand out the balloons to ensure that every child at the hospital received a balloon.

"We're very grateful for all the donations, voluntary help and assistance we receive from individuals, companies and communities," says Malcolm Faulkner, community fundraising officer at Birmingham Children's Hospital. "The balloons were an especially welcome gift and a happy surprise for the children."

National Balloon Week had another significance for Air Products since it was also the anniversary of the launch of their Party Perfect™ system. Building on their reputation in the balloon gas industry for innovation with their lightweight Heligas® cylinders, Air Products developed Party Perfect™; the first consumer-friendly, refillable helium balloon pack system consisting of a helium refill unit plus small refillable barrels (cylinders). Consumers can hire the Party PerfectTM barrels, which can fill 40 standard 11" party balloons, from selected outlets for special occasions and parties. Air Products has already signed up 80 Party Perfect™ outlets nationwide.

For details of your nearest Party Perfect™ stockist, please call free on 0800 920 920 or visit the website: www.partyperfectonline.com  

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Issued by Citigate Communications on behalf of Air Products. For further information please call:
Louise Holt or Gill Holtom
Phone: 0121 456 3199
Email: louise.holt@citigatec.co.uk

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