Sara Bennett: CEO of Balloons Charity

Sara Bennett: CEO of Balloons Charity

Biggest professional achievement to date?

I was a founder of the domestic violence support charity, Women’s Trust, set up in the 1990s, and still going strong.

I am also incredibly proud of the rapid development of Balloons under my professional guidance as the first CEO. Since 2015, when I started with Balloons, we have more than doubled the number of bereaved children and young people that we support.


Best life advice ever received?

You always have a choice; it may be a very difficult choice, but it’s a choice nonetheless, so be responsible for it.


Advice for a young woman stepping into the world from school, college or uni?

You don’t have to be perfect. Make choices and take actions that you feel proud of; the rest will follow. You are already thriving in so many ways as a learner and a teacher. Surround yourself with lovely girlfriends to encourage and inspire you, and when you can, turn your face to the sun.


If you could make one change to the world?

To tackle gender inequalities in girls’ education.


Heartfelt belief?

That we can all be the difference. Through a single act of kindness, we all have the power to effect huge change.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”



Video From The Celebration


100 Most Influential Women 2018

Grow Exeter Magazine launched the ‘100 Most Influential Women 2018’ in Exeter and the region in December 2017 and we received around 500 nominations for influential women from all walks of life; our panel was spoilt for choice and hard-pressed to select only 100 from the talented nominees that they viewed.  The Launch of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ awards in 2018 has perhaps even more value than in any other year as it was just 100 years ago that the first woman was granted the right to vote in the UK.

Women have truly shown that they can shine in any environment, whether that be in the boardroom, teaching our children, climbing mountains, navigating uncharted waters, they can do anything that they set their mind to and we can’t wait to celebrate our own talented 100.

Honouring women in our March edition of Grow Exeter fell in line with International Women’s Day on the 8th March and the 100 finalists have each been featured in this special edition. To see the 100 finalists individually featured, please grab a copy of our March edition by ordering through the link below. We will be publishing each woman online throughout March and April so keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for their stories.

A huge congratulations to everyone nominated and to the #100WomenExeter, you are all amazing!


March Edition ‘Women in Business’



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