London Luton Airport (LLA) has announced that its charity partnership application process is now open, with the successful charity joining forces with the airport from 2021 – 2023.
Supporting local community groups is a central part of the airport’s sustainability strategy. The charity partnership scheme has been running since 2008 and has raised a total of £600,000 for charity organisations, thanks to the fundraising efforts of LLA’s staff and passengers alike.
Most recently, LLA’s partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support has raised over £175,000 over the last three years – far surpassing the initial target of £80,000. Colleagues have volunteered over 1300 hours and fundraising efforts included the ever-popular ‘runway run’, a sponsored bike ride to Amsterdam, and participation in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
The money has been used to fund Macmillan Grants in the local area, helping local families meet the costs that can arise from cancer and its treatment. The hard work and dedication of everyone involved led to LLA being recognised at Macmillan Cancer Support’s Corporate Thank You Awards, and ultimately winning the Internal Engagement Award.
Alberto Martin, CEO, London Luton Airport, said: “Giving back to our local community is incredibly important to us. We look forward to receiving applications from charities which make a real difference in the local area, and already have some great fundraising ideas planned for the duration of the partnership.”
Richard Quaife, Corporate Partnership Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The support and dedication from the staff and passengers at London Luton Airport over the past three years has been nothing short of impressive. Without the support from partners like LLA, Macmillan would not be able to reach as many people to reduce the financial burden a cancer diagnosis can cause.
The charity partnership is just one of the ways that LLA invests directly in the local community. Another initiative is the LLA Community Trust fund, which provides one-off donations of between £250 and £10,000 to organisations within the Three Counties.
The closing date for applications is Friday 23rd October. Application forms and criteria can found at https://www.london-luton.co.uk/corporate/community/new-charity-partner or requested from firstname.lastname@example.org