London Luton Airport announces Sue Ryder as New Charity Partner for 2012 and 2013
Published: 10 January 2012
The public has voted Sue Ryder as the new London Luton Airport Charity Partner for 2012 and 2013. The Airport has pledged an initial donation of £5,000 to the charity and employees will work closely with the team at Sue Ryder to involve staff and passengers in fundraising activities throughout the year.
Sue Ryder has been providing life enhancing care for its patients and their loved ones in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire for the last 40 years. Funds raised from the partnership will go towards supporting Sue Ryder’s valuable care in the community at the charity’s specialist care centres, Stagenhoe and St John’s Hospice. Stagenhoe is a 44 bedded residential unit that cares for people with complex neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. St John’s Hospice is a 15 bedded hospice that provides specialist palliative care for people with cancer, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and other life-changing conditions.
Siân Pearce, Community Relations Executive at London Luton Airport said: "We are delighted that the public has chosen Sue Ryder as the new London Luton Airport Charity partner. The poll received over 7000 votes with Sue Ryder securing 38% of the vote to become our new charity partner. We would like to thank the other charities for their participation and staff, passengers and the public for voting. We are looking forward to working with Sue Ryder this year and next to support their valuable work in the community.
Paula Priestley, Area Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Sue Ryder and it gives us the opportunity to raise our profile within the local and wider community. This will certainly be a very exciting two year partnership and we are very much looking forward to working with London Luton Airport. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.”
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Notes to Editors
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is one of the UK’s largest airports and carried almost 9 million passengers in 2010. The Airport employs over 500 staff, is a key economic driver for the region and a major base for ‘low cost’ or ‘no frills’ air travel.
easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson, Aer Arann, EL AL, Blue Air and Flybe operate from the airport, departing to over 90 destinations including services to Europe, Africa, and Asia, with onward connections to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Beijing and Bangkok via Tel Aviv.
The Airport is operated and developed by a consortium of which Abertis Infraestructuras, a leading European infrastructure provider, is a 90 per cent majority shareholder and Aena Internacional, the international business arm of Aena - the Spanish national airport and air traffic control organisation, is a 10 per cent shareholder.
Founded in 1953 by Lady Ryder, Sue Ryder is a national charity providing health and social care services in local communities. It provides compassionate and expert care to people with long-term and end of life needs in 7 hospices, 7 residential care centres and people's homes. The charity also supports families, friends and carers.
Sue Ryder is committed to improving standards in long-term and end of life care and has an ongoing programme of innovation and research.
Sue Ryder’s retail and fundraising activities raise vital voluntary income to support Sue Ryder provide care from current services as well as expand and develop more community-based services. Sue Ryder relies also on volunteering support and has over 8000 volunteers supporting its cause.