The owner of Stansted Airport, MAG, has announced it has chosen a new charity partner, CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people – and with the help of staff aims to raise £1million.
Following consultation with staff at all its airports to find out who they would like to support, MAG has selected a new Group-wide and national charity partner.
The largest UK-owned airport operator, MAG (Manchester Airports Group) serves 48 million passengers every year through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help children and young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life.
In 2014/15 the charity supported 6,800 children and young people, including many in the East of England as well as across the rest of the UK, where MAG airports are based.
The charity’s vision is to support children and young people with cancer from diagnosis onwards and it aims to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.
Rachel Kirby-Rider, director of fundraising at CLIC Sargent, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be the new charity partner of MAG and Stansted Airport.
“Stansted Airport has touch-points and therefore opportunities with thousands of employees and millions of passengers, many of whom can relate to our cause either directly or indirectly, as every day 10 children and young people in the UK are told that they have cancer.
“When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer, normal life stops. It can be a devastating experience for the whole family. Treatment is often gruelling and can be given a long way from home. The stress of dealing with the emotional strain, along with practical and financial concerns, can be overwhelming. Each family’s experience of cancer is different. We know this because we take time to listen and understand.
“Our aim is to help ensure that the whole family receives the support which works best for them and the generosity of Stansted Airport, through its employees and passengers, will help us to continue to support children and young people with cancer, and their families.”
Andrew Harrison, Managing Director of Stansted Airport, said: “We’re very much part of the local communities that surround the airport and are committed to giving something back and ensuring we make a lasting and impactful contribution.
“Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience and the emotional, practical and financial implications of treatment are intensely challenging for the whole family, so we are pleased to announce CLIC Sargent as our new charity partner.
“We asked our employees who they wanted to support and we look forward to supporting and fundraising in aid of this fantastic charity.
“The new partnership is a MAG wide initiative, supported by all four airports and backed by employees across each site – we will also continue our significant local community work with in addition to this new nationwide charity link-up.
“The advantage of working with CLIC is employees will be able to see the difference our support makes right across all the communities at our airports as the money raised will purely be used within our regions.”