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London City Airport staff contribute 429 hours to East London good causes as part of largest ever Volunteering Fortnight

26/06/2017

More volunteers took part in London City Airport’s annual Volunteering Fortnight than ever before, with 61 staff taking time out of their working weeks to participate in the initiative and make a meaningful contribution to local organisations and charities.

Airport staff from across all parts of the business volunteered at ten different community partners and charities in East London, dedicating their time, skills and expertise to activities and causes in six boroughs - Barking & Dagenham, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
In total, the combined contribution of time to good causes equated to 429 hours, exceeding last year’s tally of 375 hours.

It is the fourth year in a row that that the airport has organised its Volunteering Fortnight, running from 29 May to 9 June, coinciding with National Volunteers’ Week, with eight of the activities set up in collaboration with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA), including those at Barking Food Bank, Spitalfields City Farm, and the Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre.

Fabienne Gress, Corporate Social Responsibility Executive at London City Airport, said:

“As one of the most community-focussed airports in the UK, our Volunteering Fortnight has developed into a focal point of the year in nurturing our relationship with local organisations and charities. It’s an excellent opportunity for staff from all parts of the airport to take time out from day-to-day duties and contribute to good causes.”

This year’s volunteering activities by borough included:

Barking & Dagenham

Greenwich

Havering

Newham

Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest

Volunteering Fortnight is part of the airport’s continued work and investment in local communities, with 2,333 hours volunteered in 2016, and comes in the same month that the airport collected an award at the International CSR Excellence Awards 2017.

Local charities and organisations are also eligible for the airport’s 30th anniversary fund, a £30,000 fund to support groups which enable significant and positive change for communities near London City Airport. Further details on the 30th anniversary fund, the closing date for which is Friday 28 July, can be found here.

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