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Gatwick Airport joins Paralympians to take part in national ‘Superhero Series’ triathlon

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Gatwick sponsors new ‘Superhero Series’ as the UK’s only disability sport event

·         Airport’s staff to participate in triathlon event teams alongside Paralympians

·         Celebrity captains including Adam Hills, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock

  

Gatwick Airport is sponsoring the new ‘Superhero Series’ the UK’s only disability sport event for the everyday ‘Superhero’, their friends and family.

 To be filmed by Channel 4, the first event in the series is a triathlon, taking place at Dorney Lake, Windsor on August 19 and will see teams of celebrities participate alongside nearly 2,000 members of the public.

 The teams have been formed through a number of different channels including competition winners from the public who will race against each other in the different disciplines. One person in each team must consider themselves to have a disability in order to qualify for the event.

 The celebrity team captains range from Paralympians to TV personalities, including: Adam Hills, Hannah Cockcroft, Jonnie Peacock, David Weir, Megan Giglia, Sophie Christiansen and many others.

 Gatwick has entered a number of teams, one of which will be captained by Paralympic gold medallist and professional wheelchair tennis player, Gordon Reid. Gordon will take on the push/run stage of the triathlon (1k) and will be joined by Gatwick’s Chief Planning Officer, Tim Norwood (bike 3km) and Abbie Breakwell (an everyday superhero) who will take on the swim (150m).

Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Melanie Wrightson, said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the Superhero Series and are especially looking forward to participating in the triathlon alongside so many world-renowned athletes. Gatwick has always been an advocate of accessibility at the airport for people of all abilities and welcomes events like this which raise the profile of disability inclusion.

“Gatwick is proud of the continuing support that it provides to projects, events, and causes in local communities throughout the South through sponsorship every year.”

Superhero Series founder, Sophia Warner, said:

“I’m super proud to be working with an organisation so committed to championing the Everyday Superhero. Without the support of our fantastic Super Partners this series wouldn’t be possible.”

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Gatwick launches UK’s first electric car sharing service

The 100% electric vehicles produce zero emissions which supports Gatwick’s carbon neutral status.

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Ten 'Blue City' electric cars on Gatwick's airfield.

In a UK airport first, passengers, staff and local residents can now reserve and pick up a 100% electric car at Gatwick – and return it to any of 300 compatible pick up/ drop off points across London or back at Gatwick – the airport announced yesterday.

The service – similar to schemes popular in other parts of the world – is being rolled out in partnership with Bluecity, the only company to operate a pan-London electric vehicle car sharing service with 100 cars currently available in total.

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Discussions are also ongoing with local authorities and business groups about expanding the network further in London and in areas surrounding the airport.

Operating in a similar way to existing cycle schemes across the capital, ten cars and charging points are currently available on Gatwick’s South Terminal forecourt. This is Bluecity’s first airport hub and discussions are in progress to increase capacity.

The new point to point service gives people using the airport a convenient, zero emissions travel option for getting directly on and off the airport and is purposely designed to be easy to locate and use, with customers able to reserve a car in seconds via the Bluecity app.

Local residents are also encouraged to use the service and Gatwick staff have also been offered the opportunity to trial the service for free.

A standard journey in a Bluecity car from central London is also an affordable travel option to the airport. The four-seater’s drive from Central London to the very front of the airport will cost around £15 in moderate traffic.

The service is also flexible and works both ways, so that those travelling to Gatwick from the capital can pick up a car at any of the London-based charging points and drop it off at the airport.

Car sharing is also growing in popularity in the UK and this new partnership represents another first in Gatwick’s journey to be the UK’s most sustainable airport. Gatwick is accredited as a carbon neutral airport, uses 100% renewable electricity and 44% of passengers currently get to the airport by public transport.

The 24,000 staff on Gatwick’s airport campus and local residents are also being encouraged to use the new electric car sharing service.

Gatwick Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Guy Stephenson said:

“Gatwick leads the way on airport innovation and this UK airport first not only offers a new, flexible option for getting on and off the airport, it also improves air quality.

“When it comes to electric car sharing schemes, few companies have experienced the success of Bluecity and its parent company. Given the popular demand for similar electric car sharing services in other parts of the world, this new service has the potential to take off in the UK and we are proud to be at the forefront of this transport revolution.”

Bluecity’s Managing Director Christophe Arnaud said:

“We are particularly proud of this milestone agreement with Gatwick Airport and look forward to our collaboration for years to come. We believe this new service is a fantastic solution for travellers. Our cars are powered exclusively with 100% renewable energy making the service the greenest and most affordable transport option to and from Central London.”

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