Airshow visitors donate £2,612 to Hospice UK
Airbus opened the doors to its A380 at the recent Farnborough Airshow, and raised more than £2,600 for charity partner Hospice UK from visitors to the aircraft over the two public days.
The A380 test aircraft had been turning heads at the show for the whole week, and despite being a familiar sight in the skies for more than 10 years, it still attracts crowds visiting Farnborough.
The aircraft was opened to the public on Saturday and Sunday (16/17 July) with visitors being encouraged to make a donation to take walk round its two decks. A total of £2,612 was raised, breaking the records from previous shows.
UK Charity Campaign Manager Phil McGraa said: “As always, the largest passenger airliner in the world is a firm favourite with airshow crowds and everyone is pleased to make a donation to take a look inside.
“The test aircraft has very basic fittings and a range of test equipment on board, and it’s a rare opportunity to see the A380 laid bare.”
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“It is always wonderful to see the range of ways that corporate partners like Airbus combine supporting hospice care with their work and events throughout the year.
“We would like to thank Airbus, and everyone who took them up on the generous offer to tour the A380 at Farnborough, for making supporting Hospice UK part of their day out.”
Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care, championing and supporting the work of more than 200 hospices across the country through campaign and policy work, grants programmes and fundraising. It was selected by Airbus in the UK staff to become the official charity partner from January 2015.
Every year, hospices across the UK provide care and support to over 360,000 people, including patients, their families, carers and friends. This includes people living with terminal or life-limiting conditions such as cancer, heart and lung disease, motor neurone disease and dementia. Hospice care is provided free to patients, and can be provided at home, in the hospice and in the local community for days, weeks or even months.