I was a secondary school teacher for 10 years, a job which I enjoyed in parts but I could never see myself doing for the rest of my life. At a birthday party in 2012, I saw a balloon modeller and thought it might be quite good fun have a go myself! There were a few unsuccessful attempts at first but with practise I soon built up a good repertoire! Soon, I took my balloons to friends events and made a few balloons for the children there – people loved them and were asking if I could go to their parties!

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It made me think…at the time, I had a 9 month old daughter and a 3 year old son. We were paying a lot for childcare and I was in a job that wasn’t really for me. So I quit teaching. I quit to become a full time dad and do a few balloons on the side! Obviously I am very lucky in the fact that my wife has a good enough job to let me take the risk but it was the best thing I have ever done!

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Over time, my skills have improved and I attend birthday parties, weddings, christenings, fun days, shop openings,events and much more with the benefit of being able to spend the majority of the time bringing up my children!

I also love doing ‘big’ builds – clearly they can’t be done at parties but can be ordered in advance – examples include motorbikes, biplanes, massive masks and birds! One of my favourites is a big motorbike – one of the bikes was even picked up recently by ‘8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown’ for use on the show!

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If you haven’t witnessed the power of balloons, it is unbelievable with children (and adults!) having no problem waiting their turn to receive a mermaid, motorbike, Elsa, Spiderman or octopus! I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world – something that is backed up when I see the expressions of the children when they get their balloon!