Bristol Airport Announces New Charity Partner
Created: 14th Mar 2019
Great Western Air Ambulance has been named Bristol Airport’s charity partner for 2019 following a vote by Airport staff.
During 2018, staff and passengers raised approximately £20,000 for the local charity Children’s Hospice South West, based in North Somerset. Initiatives through the year included volunteer collections in the terminal, raffles, cake sales, a Christmas jumper day and with Bristol Airport team members participating in the Bristol 10k and Santa on the Run event around the Harbourside, Bristol. Since the charity partnership began a total of £200,000 has been raised for the local charity through staff and passenger donations.
In December a charity Santa flight also took off from Bristol Airport, arranged in partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines. The airline provided a special one hour flight for families from the Hospice and other local charities from the North Somerset and Bristol area. Prior to the flight a party involving cake, glitter and a magician set the scene, before the families boarded the aircraft to continue the party in the sky. Santa also joined the flight as he was completing test flights in the area ahead of the big day!
Bristol Airport also supports annually the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal which in 2018 raised over £4,000 for the charity with generous donations by passengers and staff in the terminal.
Alongside charity fundraising, Bristol Airport contributes to a variety of local community projects. The Fund set up to benefit the community around Bristol Airport has donated over £800,000 to local projects since it was established in 2012.
Each year Bristol Airport contributes a minimum of £100,000 to the Airport Environmental Improvement Fund, with the figure increasing in line with growth in passenger numbers. The Fund’s Management Committee includes representatives from both the Airport and North Somerset Council and is independently chaired.
Last year a total of 37 projects were supported with contributions ranging from £500 to £7,800. This included noise insulation grants for local residents; solar panels in Backwell; outdoor classroom in Winford; local school engagement programme; and improvements to Barrow Gurney, Cleeve and Backwell Village Halls; and various environmental and landscaping projects in Winford, Barrow Gurney and Cleeve.
The Fund’s purpose is to help mitigate the impact of the Airport’s operations and to give something back to surrounding communities who are situated in close proximity to the site. Projects which could be eligible for support include initiatives to mitigate the impact of aircraft and ground noise, improvements to transport infrastructure, measures to reduce community severance, nature conservation, educational projects and local sustainability initiatives. The Fund’s area of benefit includes the parishes of Winford, Wrington, Backwell, Brockley, Cleeve and Barrow Gurney.
For further information please contact the Bristol Airport Local Community Fund Administrator on 01275 473615 or email [email protected].