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Filton Airbus employees help raise £260,000 for dementia charity

Posted on Friday 13th February 2015 at 10:45 am by SH (Editor)

Delighted Airbus charity fundraisers announce that their efforts for the Alzheimer's Society have topped a quarter of a million pounds. Centre, Jon Bodenham - Director of Fundraising, Alzheimer’s Society.

Employees at the two UK Airbus sites in Filton and Broughton have walked, cycled, baked, climbed and dressed up to raise more than £260,000 for official charity partner Alzheimer’s Society.

The final figure was revealed at the end of the two-year partnership and Alzheimer’s Society will use the money raised to provide more local care and services to people living with Dementia. The charities that Airbus enter fundraising partnerships with are proposed and voted for by employees every two years.

In addition to the amount raised for Alzheimer’s Society, a further £160,000 was raised over the two year period for a range of charities of individuals’ choice.

UK Charity Partnership Manager Phil McGraa said:

“Once again, the teams at Filton and Broughton have worked flat out to raise impressive sums for good causes and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who made this possible.”

“What the total doesn’t reflect is the work done by Airbus employees to support people living with Alzheimer’s in the local communities through involvement days. These activities can vary from gardening to giving rooms a makeover and they really make a difference.”

More: Partnership has also helped launch new dementia cafés »

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Filton restaurant raises £800 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

Posted on Wednesday 29th January 2014 at 4:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Free Breakfast event at Frankie and Benny's, Filton.

A FREE Charity Breakfast event held this morning (Wednesday 29th January) at the Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Abbey Wood, Filton, has raised £800 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The event had a great turn out and saw more than 150 people attend, including Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, all helping to support this fantastic cause.

Photo (l-r): Stuart Aldridge (Area Manager, F&B), Ruby Hawley (Marketing Coordinator, F&B ), Cllr Ian Boulton and Dan Gardner (General Manager of Filton Abbey Wood F&B)

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

The organisation is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running ground-breaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients.

Find out more at: www.leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk

Bristol International Kite Festival supports local air ambulance charity

Posted on Wednesday 24th July 2013 at 2:45 pm by SH (Editor)

GWAAC named as official charity partner for the 2013 Bristol International Kite Festival.

The Filton-based Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) has announced that it is the chosen official charity partner for the 2013 Bristol International Kite Festival.

The charity, providers of an air ambulance service for the 2.1m people of the region, including Bristol and Bath, was also supported by the festival in 2011. This year’s festival takes place on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September 2013 at Ashton Court Estate in Bristol.

GWAAC is currently trying to raise £250,000 of additional funds for a new Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter in order to replace the ageing Bölkow 105 model that it currently uses as part of a campaign called ‘Movin’ on Up’. The charity has currently raised 70% of the total funds needed, and a new helicopter would attend to patients four minutes faster, would allow a mother and child to fly to hospital together and would allow more space for the patient, equipment and mid-air treatment.

The charity’s helicopter will on display and will be fully operational from the site during the two day event. The work of the charity will also feature in the main arena during the festival and visitors will have the opportunity to meet the crew and charity staff and find out about fundraising.

More: September is a key month for the air ambulance charity »

Airbus ‘wacky wardrobe day’ raises £1,200 for Alzheimer’s Society

Posted on Saturday 13th April 2013 at 9:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Airbus 'wacky wardrobe day' team at Filton.

Employees throughout the Airbus Filton site took part in a wacky wardrobe day to raise money for the company’s current partner charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.

More than 30 employees teamed together on Friday 5th April and took part in the Charity Challenge dress up day in Filton, raising more than £1,200.

Throughout the day employees from across the business dressed up as firemen, builders, Where’s Wally and pirates. Some even went to great extremes and spent the day dressed in full rabbit, dalmatian and banana costumes.

Jan Lane, Airbus Charity Challenge joint Coordinator, said:

“It’s different, but how great do our employees look? We can always count on them to get really involved in these bizarre fundraising projects and today is a great example of that!”

Hayley Christopher-Lee, Airbus Charity Challenge joint Coordinator, added:

“All of the funds raised today provide a huge amount of support to the Alzheimer’s Society who throughout everyday improve the quality of life for thousands of people, including some right here in Bristol.”

Beckie Smith, Regional Corporate Partnership Manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“A big thank you to everyone at Airbus who took part in their wacky wardrobe day, what a fantastic result! The support for the Alzheimer’s Society and money you have raised today is so important and it will help make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia across the UK – keep up the great work!”

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