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Leeds Bradford Airport Chooses Charities

Minster FM News Generic

10:47am 3rd March 2014

Leeds Bradford Airport has announced the airport’s chosen charities for the 2014 annual coin collection. Under the scheme passengers are encouraged to donate any loose sterling, foreign coins or notes. Since it started over a decade ago the initiative has raised thousands of pounds for charities in the region.

This year’s chosen charities are Martin House Children’s Hospice, Overgate Hospice, Arthritis Research UK, RAF Benevolent Fund and Yeadon Charities Association.

Collection boxes are located in the Departure Lounge on the first floor and in the baggage collection area of International Arrivals. The airport’s on site foreign exchange provider, Travelex, supports the initiative by counting and banking the deposits for the charities.

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development & Marketing Director at Leeds Bradford Airport said, “Leeds Bradford Airport is delighted that staff and passengers support these worthwhile causes by donating unwanted coins in arrivals and departures. The fantastic work that these charities all undertake really does make such a difference to the people that they support in our community.”

Martin House Children’s Hospice provides family led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses..  It is a place where children, young people and their families can stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help

The hospice needs to raise £4..9 million annually to run the service it provides at its purpose built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby, and care for children and young people from throughout the Yorkshire region. 

Corporate Fundraiser John Haigh said “Many thanks for choosing to support Martin House Children’s Hospice in 2014. This support will enable us to care for over 340 children and young people with life-limiting illnesses, across the Yorkshire region, and their families over the course of this year.  We get very little Government funding so we rely on the support of local community and organisations to ensure we can continue to provide a free service to the families who need us.”

The Yeadon Charities Association supports various local causes including; annual donations to the residential care homes in Yeadon, grants to individuals and the provision of support the elderly and disabled residing in the Yeadon area.

Peter Long of The Yeadon Charities Association said: “By supporting us in this way Leeds Bradford Airport play an important role in helping to maintain a long established fund which started over a hundred years ago in 1900. The money raised helps fund an annual trip to the coast for some 300 Yeadon Senior Citizens and also assists local individuals who may require, through accident or illness, special equipment to help them in their daily lives. During 2014 we are co-funding a project for the Aireborough Summer Activities Scheme which benefits local children with disabilities and their families. Yeadon Charities Association also provides Christmas cash donations to the two residential nursing/care homes in Yeadon."

Arthritis Research UK was formed 78 years ago to raise money for research into over 200 different types of Rheumatism and Arthritis.  There are excellent research departments in Bradford and at Leeds University and at the Musculoskeletal unit at Chapel Allerton Hospital. 

Current research grants include, in Bradford, more training for GPs and in Leeds, a new Experimental Osteoarthritis Treatment Centre which aims to fill a treatment gap by developing better and earlier interventions. There are many thousands of people in Leeds, Bradford and surrounding areas being cared for and benefiting from their research, especially having the disease diagnosed much earlier.

Elizabeth Hoyle, Chairman of the Otley Branch of Arthritis Research UK, said: “By supporting us, Leeds Bradford Airport will help to alleviate pain and discomfort for many local people. Arthritis is not a disease which tugs at the heart strings, yet it strikes at any age, from small babies upwards - it’s not just confined to ‘older people’.”

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s welfare charity and it spends an average of £20 million a year providing support to those in need within the RAF family, which comprises current serving members and veterans, along with their family members.  There are still 2 million people who fall under the charity’s umbrella and we reach over 60,000 each year in a variety of ways.

Wing Commander (Ret’d) Simon Footer MBE, said: “As Regional Director for the North of England, I am delighted that Leeds Bradford Airport has chosen the RAF Benevolent Fund to be one of the charities it supports in 2014. Yorkshire has strong historical ties with the RAF and is still home to a number of RAF bases, with many ex-service men and women having settled in the county with their families. Yorkshire is home to a significant number of our beneficiaries and we continue to receive new requests for help each year.  It is of course these beneficiaries who will be the most grateful for the valuable support the airport are offering in 2014.”

Overgate Hospice successfully opened its doors in 1981 to provide care and support for those suffering not only with cancer but with any life limiting illnesses. Thanks to the generous support of the community, the hospice can care for patients around the clock free of charge. 

The hospice relies heavily on the generous support of their local community to raise over £6,900 needed each day so that they can continue to provide the care that their patients need, helping people to make the most of the time they have left.

Laura Golding, Fundraising Manager said: “We are so grateful to receive support from Leeds Bradford Airport, which will enable us to keep caring for our patients. We are so thrilled that they have chosen Overgate Hospice to support in this way and we cannot express enough the difference this will make to our patients and their families.”


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