19 April 2018
Local residents are set to benefit as Macmillan becomes the new charity partner of London Luton Airport.
Following a competitive public vote, Macmillan won first place to become the airport’s chosen charity for the next two years.
The partnership will see staff from across the airport raise funds for the charity, including the annual runway run and golf day. Employees will also help increase awareness of the charity’s work within the local community.
Macmillan will use the money raised to provide emergency grants for people affected by cancer and their families in the Bedfordshire area. The charity hopes that the new partnership will raise more than £80,000 over two years, supporting over 400 local people with cancer.
Having cancer can have a significant impact on people’s finances with many people having to take time off work and travel to hospital regularly for treatment. Macmillan research shows that four in five people are, on average, £570 a month worse off as a result of a cancer diagnosis.
Macmillan has seen an unprecedented demand for grants in the Bedfordshire area in recent years. The money raised through the charity partnership will help people pay for necessities such as clothing, heating bills and transportation to and from hospital. The grants are often described as a ‘life-line’ for those who have had to take time off work due to their illness.
Chika Austin, community relations executive at LLA, said: “Supporting the local community is important to everyone at LLA and through our partnership with Macmillan we all hope to make a difference to more people in the Bedfordshire area. The charity partnership is just one of many ways we make a positive impact locally. The Get into Airports apprenticeship scheme and our Community Trust Fund also help support young people, local businesses and charitable organisations.”
Richard Quaife, Regional Corporate Account Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The number of people with cancer is rising rapidly and by 2030 more than 39,200 people in the Bedfordshire area will be affected. We are seeing more and more demand for financial support and the money raised through our partnership with LLA will fund the entire Bedfordshire grant programme. This will mean that we can double the number of people with cancer that we support in the local area and make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of families. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and look forward to working with LLA to reach our fundraising target.”