Cots for Tots Appeal flying high with £17,000 donation from Bristol Airport
Created: 6th Feb 2014
Passengers and staff at Bristol Airport have raised more than £17,000 to help save lives of premature and very sick babies being treated at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.
The funds raised will go towards the Cots for Tots Appeal which continues to raise money for state-of-the-art equipment at the specialist Unit and to fund free family accommodation at near-by Cots for Tots House, to enable parents to stay close by their babies whilst they are treated at NICU.
Staff took part in a range of fundraising activities including raffles, money collections held within the airport terminal, cake sales, sponsored lunches, a skydive and by making a donation to add some sparkle to their uniforms on Tinsel for Tots day and don Christmas jumpers as part of a dress-down day, helping to raise over £8,000 for the charity. Bristol Airport also hosted the Rolls Royce sponsored ‘Bristol Bulldog’ Gromit, as part of the Gromit Unleashed trail which took place during the summer.
Jacqui Mills, Bristol Airport’s Public Relations Manager said: “We would like to thank passengers and staff for their generosity and joining in the fundraising activities held in the terminal for the charity through the year.
Bristol Airport’s charity of the year is voted for and selected by the Airport teams as it is important for staff to connect with the charity. Supporting a local charity allows the teams to see the benefits of giving something back to the local community in helping to provide specialist baby equipment and family accommodation for the Cots for Tots Appeal.”
Cabin crew at Thomson Airways contributed to the £17,000 grand total by raising an additional £9,000 from onboard foreign currency collections. They were inspired to support the Cots for Tots Appeal by their colleague Julie-Anne Morgan who nominated ‘Cots for Tots’ as the Charity of the Year, as her daughter Grace spent the first four months of her life at NICU fighting for survival, following her birth 14 weeks premature in 2002 (see full case study below).
Julie-Anne Morgan said: “The Cots for Tots Appeal is close to our hearts and we are so grateful for the support of Bristol Airport, everyone at Thomson Airways and the generosity of passengers flying from Bristol for helping to raise this brilliant amount.”
Helen Haskell, corporate and events fundraiser at the Appeal, added: “The Cots for Tots Appeal relies solely on charitable donations and so every penny raised makes a difference and enables us to provide on-going support for NICU and Cots for Tots House.”
Both Bristol Airport and Thomson Airways adopted the Cots for Tots Appeal as their Charity of the Year causes in 2013.
To find out more about the Cots for Tots Appeal and to make a donation, visit www.cotsfortotsappeal.org.uk.