Across the UK at the airports we serve we have an active programme of supporting registered charities and groups based within the local communities.
Our priorities for community investment are:
To find out more about the projects we support around the UK click on the regions below:
Our Community Relations team supports the Heathrow area in a number of ways:
Our charity fundraising evenings which take place in the Heathrow area have raised £408,073 since 2005 for worthy causes.
Wexham Park Hospital near Heathrow benefited from one of our fundraising evenings. It has used the funds we've provided to create an activity room for teenage cancer patients.
We also support many local fundraisers by giving them flight tickets which can be raffled for good causes.
British Airways has supported a range of community education programmes in and around the Gatwick airport area for a number of years.
One example of a beneficiary is Lancing House, a local care centre in Crawley which offers residential opportunities for children with severe disabilities. British Airways is proud to have provided funding for a sensory room for the children at the centre.
Each summer British Airways hosts "Across the Ages", a family fun day held at Gatwick. It is an opportunity for people of all ages from the Gatwick and Crawley community to come together.
We have supported a number of projects around Manchester and the North West of England, including:
The Newcastle Community Action Group has been active since the early 1980's and meets on a monthly basis to review requests for assistance and to plan and organise fundraising events to support charities in the Newcastle area, including People's Kitchen, Tiny Lives, Mencap North East, CALM and several hospice and cancer charities.
The monthly events range from book stalls, quizzes, cake baking competitions, and sales of Toblerone calendars. Last year the group raised £4,200 through their fundraising ventures and this was distributed alongside the funding support received from British Airways Community Investment.
Annually, members of the group and volunteers from around the office, organise the Newcastle Business Park Fun Run. In the 16 years of the event, this has raised in excess of £20,000.
The group promotes the use of Fair Trade products by selling them at cost price in the office on a regular basis. This is a significant addition to the Macmillan Big Coffee morning events and proves particularly popular at Easter with the sale of Fair Trade chocolate eggs.
The Newcastle team have strong links with the local universities and have been involved in creating special course modules to help develop student job application and interviewing skills.
A yearly working visit to a local community garden gives the group a chance to support the environment as well as the local community. The garden is maintained by volunteers and is a place where local disadvantaged children can go and spend time learning about sustainable small-scale development.
We donate a small number of flight tickets each year as raffle prizes to charitable events to help maximise the fundraising potential.
Please see below for details of some of the many community projects we have recently supported in Scotland.