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17 July 2012
Airbus’ iconic A380 double-decker aircraft proved itself a real star at the recent Farnborough International Airshow (9 to 15 July) in more ways than one, raising almost £3,000 for CLIC Sargent, a charity dedicated to providing care for children and young people with cancer.
Following a spectacular air display, Airbus opened the doors of one of its working A380 test aircraft to the general public and asked for a donation to the charity in return. Even the weather didn’t dampen the insatiable appetite of the general public to this endearing aircraft as people queued, sometimes for nearly two hours, to get a glimpse inside.
“Airbus UK hopes to raise more than £200,000 for Clic Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children,” said Julie Millar regional corporate fundraising manager for the charity.
“We are very grateful to the team at Airbus and the Farnborough Air Show for their support. We are really proud to be Airbus’s charity partner for this year and are really excited aout the huge range of fundraising activities taking place.
“This donation could, for example, be used to send three of our families away on a relaxing holiday to give them a break from treatment. We would like to thank everybody who has lent their support.”
CLIC Sargent is Airbus’ UK employee ‘Charity Challenge’ chosen charity for 2011/12, with over £150,000 having been raised so far through this employee fundraising and involvement initiative. Over the past ten years alone, Charity Challenge has raised over £5.5 million to support national and local charities and actively volunteered almost 8000 involvement days to support people in need.
The 2011/12 campaign will come to a close at the end of the year and Airbus employees will be voting for their next partner charity.