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Southend Airport’s ‘Santa Flights’ raise over £18K for local charities

03 Mar Southend Airport’s ‘Santa Flights’ raise over £18K for local charities

Southend Airport’s ‘Santa Flights’ have raised over £18K for local charities, last week London Southend Airport invited members of 20 local charities to an event to celebrate their hard work and dedication. The event was held to thank the charities and award them all with funds donated by the campaign.

This special event allowed the airport to raise a glass with the charities and provide them with their certificates for the amounts donated. Each recipient was called up to collect their certificate and provided an overview of their charity and how the funds will be invested into key areas. The event was well received with many charities identifying opportunities to collaborate once they discovered more about each other’s aims and focus.

Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, “The event provides a fantastic opportunity to show our gratitude to these amazing individuals and our local communities; it is brilliant to hear their stories and how the donation will be spent, along with the positive impact it will have”

Among those who attended to receive their donations was Lisa Walton from HARP (Homeless Action Resource Project) who collected the certificate and donation to go towards refrigeration equipment, “I’d like to thank Southend Airport for this generous donation. The support of the local community and organisations in Southend adds up to make a huge impact, ensuring that we can continue our work helping local people to overcome homelessness for good.”

Laura Mason from Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation expressed her gratitude for the funds, which are being used to make the MRI experience less challenging for children. Jacci Dearman, Lead Paediatric Radiographer for MRI, said: “The MRI scan can last anything from 20 minutes up to an hour and this can be very daunting for a child. We are working hard to make it more tolerable for our younger patients, using videos as a distraction and this donation is a welcome contribution.”