Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund awarded more than £100,000 in 2019 to help support 68 charities and community groups in Renfrewshire, Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire.
Representatives from community groups and charities to benefit from FlightPath Fund support in 2019 were joined by local politicians and members of Glasgow Airport’s senior management team at a celebratory event held at the Tannahill Centre, Paisley.
As well as marking another successful year for the FlightPath, the Fund’s Chair Archie Hunter and members of the committee were on hand to officially open the Tannahill Centre’s FlightPath Café.
The Tannahill Centre in Ferguslie Park was the recipient of the Fund’s most recent £25,000 lump sum award and the money was used to refurbish the popular community hub’s café.
Established in 2010, the FlightPath Fund was set up to provide grant assistance to local organisations working in and around the airport community. Since its inception, the fund has given £1.6 million in donations to over 600 charities and community groups with a focus on improving education and employment, as well as the environment.
In addition this year, The FlightPath Fund donated £14,000 to the Ocean Youth Trust to support four voyages for youth groups in each of the local authority areas. The Fund also provided £8000 to support the Flying Fish eco-learning primary school project ran by the Clyde River Foundation.
The FlightPath Fund committee operates independently of the airport. The committee meets every two months and includes elected council members from each of the four local authority areas under the flight path.
Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, said: “Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund continues to be a force for good throughout its neighbouring communities supporting hundreds of charities and groups across four local authorities.
“I’m pleased to say this year has been exceptional with the FlightPath Fund providing vital support to a diverse range of organisations including young carer groups, primary and secondary school projects, community sports and improvement groups and charities helping some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“The Tannahill Centre’s lump sum award is a fine example of the kind of projects supported by the FlightPath Fund year in, year out and we are proud to officially open this fantastic new FlightPath Café.
“Our end of year event gives committee members the opportunity to meet with representatives from the groups to benefit from the fund. It was most pleasing to speak to these people who are both passionate about the work they do and grateful for the support received from the FlightPath Fund.
“Special mention must also go to Glasgow Airport, for which none of the good work represented here today would be possible without its continued commitment. Managing director Mark Johnston and his team continue to be the FlightPath Fund’s biggest champions and we are grateful for their support.”