Monday 01 Mar 2010
Flybe cabin crew member Lesley Young, along with Flybe Captain and charity ambassador Aron Dooey, back left, present Cancer Research UK Northern Ireland Area Volunteer Manager Kevin Harper with over £21,000 from the proceeds of Flybe’s Northern Ireland fundraising activities for their partnered charity. During the past year, members of Flybe cabin crew took part in the Belfast marathon, held a 70’s night, had inflight collections as well as other activities to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Added to money raised at its other 13 bases, Flybe, the UK’s Number One domestic airline, raised over £150,000 for its charity partner. The amount raised by Flybe during this first year of supporting Cancer Research UK went far beyond expectations and included that donated by generous on-board contributions of passengers both on World Cancer Day 2009 and during the month of June: as well as funds raised by Flybe staff at the airline’s 14 bases throughout the UK from a wide variety of innovative fundraising events and sponsored activity.
Jim French, CBE, Flybe’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to contribute to the enormously vital work that Cancer Research UK does towards beating cancer. Our staff and passengers have given generously both their time and money over the past 12 months and as our partnership with the charity continues, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to raising these vital funds for this well-deserving cause.”
In response, Mr Rowland, UK Account Manager for cancer research UK expressed Cancer Research UK’s thanks for all the hard work everyone at Flybe had put into the partnership over the past year. “It's been an amazing year” he said. “The fundraising total just kept going up virtually every day as the company’s charity champions across the UK e-mailed details of yet another success story. Everyone has done an amazing job and they can be confident that, because of their overwhelming support, they have contributed to the charity’s work to beat cancer.”
Concludes Mr French: “Cancer unfortunately touches almost everyone’s lives in one way or another and this is obviously part of the reason why Flybe staff and passengers have embraced our chosen charity partner with such enthusiasm and passion for raising as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.”