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Children’s Hospice South West benefits from ‘runway run’

Created: 11th Mar 2015

Over 100 Bristol Airport staff took to the runway on Monday 9 March as part of a charity event which raised more than £3500 for Children’s Hospice South West, Charlton Farm.

The ‘runway run’ took place after the evening’s last scheduled flight movement at 23:00 and kicked off with a warm-up led by Airport fire-fighters. Participants ran, walked or cycled with one intrepid member of the team roller skating the length of the 2,011 metre strip in both directions. Both directions of the runway and the taxiway back to the old terminal building making up an unusual 5k.

As well as staff from departments from across the Airport business, teams from partner organisations including FirstGroup, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, easyJet, NATS, Swissport and various other companies based at the Airport also took part.

Jacqui Mills, Public Relations and Community Manager, Bristol Airport, said:

“We are delighted to be able to support Children’s Hospice South West in such a unique way. After the success of last year’s event we decided to repeat the unusual opportunity for staff unable to participate last year. The runway is at the heart of the Airport’s operations, so we thought it made sense to use this valuable asset to raise money for such a good cause.

“Two thousand metres may not seem far when you are speeding down the runway in an Airbus A320, but it’s a different proposition on foot on a chilly night in March! It was a great effort from all concerned, whether taking part, marshalling or ensuring the runway was ready for the resumption of normal operations first thing the following morning.”

Janey Hellmen, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser, Children’s Hospice South West said:

“We were delighted to benefit from, and be a part of the Airport’s Runway Run. It was a fantastic and unique way to kick off the Airport’s support for local life-limited children and their families who visit our hospice in Wraxall. We can’t wait to see what else the team at the Airport have in store this year and are so grateful for their support.”

Children’s Hospice South West was chosen as Bristol Airport’s charity of the year for 2015 in a vote by staff. Children’s Hospice South West provides hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions. Charlton Farm, our local hospice in Bristol, supports families from Bristol, Bath, and Somerset.

Each year Bristol Airport selects a local charity, voted and selected by the Airport staff. Since 1999 over £255,000 has been raised and donated to local charities through various fund raising activities.

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