Heathrow staff raise over £200k for Help for Heroes
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Staff at Heathrow are celebrating this week as the grand total of their year-long fundraising efforts for Help for Heroes is finally announced.
Heathrow's employees are no slouches when it comes to raising money for good causes. Every year they're encouraged to choose a different charity to focus their energetic sights on and last year it was Help for Heroes - for whom they raised a whopping £200k.
Hundreds of BAA Heathrow employees got involved in fundraising campaigns which ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. These included office sweep stakes, a boot camp in Terminal 5, and even a talent competition.
Many staff collected huge sums for their efforts. The Airport Fire Service's Michael Coates trekked through the Amazon rainforest and raised £10,000 for one, while Mace Construction Manager James Kampa collected £16,000 on a gruelling 100-mile walk whilst beating a 45 gallon drum. A BAA supergroup, meanwhile, won the battle of the bands event 'Construction Rocks', gathering £8,000 in the process.
Passengers also played their part by dropping off their foreign loose change in one of 20 special collecting boxes in the airport's terminals while Heathrow's construction partners took part in a golf day and charity ball and raised a whopping £46,000.
The money raised last year will go towards Help for Heroes schemes which provide better support for British servicemen and women. Projects include Personnel Recovery Centres in local areas throughout the UK which help launch injured soldiers back into the next phase of their lives.
This year staff at Heathrow will be hoping to beat that total for new staff cause Macmillan Cancer Support.