Luton Airport teams up with Luton Foodbank and East Anglian Air Ambulance for three year charity deal

Luton Airport (LLA) has today announced its new charity partnership with Luton Foodbank and East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 11:36 am
Luton Airport has teamed up with Luton Foodbank and East Anglian Air Ambulance in a three year charity deal

The three-year partnership will see workers from all departments of the airport work together with the chosen charities to raise much-needed funds.

Previous fundraising activities have included a Summer Solstice Runway Run and a four-day charity bike ride from Paris to Amsterdam.

London Luton Airport CEO Alberto Martin said: “Supporting our local community is an incredibly important part of airport life.

"We have some really exciting fundraising ideas planned for the new partnership and we are really passionate about making a difference."

As well as fundraising, the air ambulance will also benefit from free refuelling and waived landing fees at the airport, giving them maximum flexibility for their operation.

The food bank will continue to receive food and confiscated items from airport security, an initiative which began in 2019.

The new partnership follows a successful three-year partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, which raised over £175,000 for the charity, funding over 400 Macmillan Grants in the area, and helping local families meet the costs that can arise from cancer and its treatment.

The charity partnership scheme has been running since 2008 and has raised more than £600,000 for charity organisations, thanks to the fundraising efforts of LLA’s staff and passengers alike.

This is just one of the ways that LLA contributes to the local community. A volunteer hub has been set up to provide staff with local volunteering opportunities during the pandemic, with some staff re-deployed to the East of England Ambulance and more than 100 helping out at local vaccination centres.

Chairman of Luton Foodbank, Liz Stringer said: “Luton Foodbank is delighted to be working with London Luton Airport through our new three year partnership. LLA is such an integral part of Luton life we will take great pleasure in jointly delivering projects and activities to raise funds. All the funding raised will help to ensure no one in Luton goes hungry”.

Dr Victor Inyang, medical director of East Anglian Air Ambulance, added: “We are incredibly grateful to London Luton Airport for supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance over the next three years.

"As a charity that relies almost entirely on public support, the pandemic has had a significant impact on our community’s ability to fundraise.

"Our crews continue to provide a vital emergency service to the people of Luton and surrounding areas 365 days a year, and this partnership will not only help us raise awareness of our work, but also support us in raising the vital funds needed to keep flying and saving lives.”