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Public vote decides airport’s new charity partner

Macmillan won a public vote to become the airport’s chosen charity for the next two years.  Other charities in the running were Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Level Trust, Marie Curie and Mind BLMK. 

The partnership will see staff from across the airport raise funds for the charity, including the annual runway run and golf day.  

The charity hopes that the new partnership will raise more than £80,000 over two years, supporting over 400 local people with cancer.

This will fund a substantial amount of the Bedfordshire grant programme, increasing the number of people with cancer in the area that Macmillan can support.

Macmillan will follow in the footsteps of Keech Hospice Care, the airport’s 2016-17 charity partner. Over the two-year partnership, the airport raised more than £100,000 through fundraising events including a sponsored cycle to Amsterdam and the airport’s first ‘runway run’.

  • Pictured: Macmillan’s mascot Muggy at London Luton Airport.

London Luton’s community relations executive Chika Austin 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.”

Macmillan says the number of cancer patients in Bedfordshire is rising and is forecast to reach more than 39,000 by 2030.

Rich Quaife, Macmillan’s corporate partnerships manager said: “We are seeing more and more demand for financial support and our partnership with LLA will enable us to support more people and families in the local area.  

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