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Gatwick continues to show its support for local schools with new partnerships

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A new partnership between Gatwick Airport, the Gatwick Aviation Museum and the Royal Aeronautical Society aims to support local primary schools by hosting an exciting year-long series of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based events.

In the first of the year-long series of educational ‘Cool Aeronautics’ events, taking place at the Gatwick Aviation Museum, 71 lucky students from Southgate Primary School in Crawley were invited to attend a day of fascinating talks with pilots and Gatwick’s airfield operations staff, as well as receiving a tour of the museum and participating in a number of aircraft design challenges.

First launched in 2007, Cool Aeronautics is the Royal Aeronautical Society’s primary school outreach programme which aims to encourage STEM interest and introduce children to careers in aerospace engineering, space and the aviation industry.

The programme has continued to grow since it was first established, with more than 4,000 students participating in events in the past two years alone, across the UK and around the world.

The event partnership forms part of Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement ‘Inform, Inspire, Invest’ education strategy, including  partnerships with other STEM initiatives, such as the Big Bang Fair and Learn Live broadcasts.

The airport is also supporting the Government’s national ‘Year of Engineering 2018’ campaign, and is celebrating engineering and helping to raise its status as an aspirational career path among young people, their parents and teachers.

Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Paula Aldridge, said:

“Cool Aeronautics is a fantastic event to inspire children living near the airport. Investing in these types of events allows us to nurture the next generation of young people who might consider careers at Gatwick, helping us to build a pipeline of talent for the future.”  

Royal Aeronautical Society’s Careers & Outreach Officer, Jonathan Axford, said:

“A love of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths often begins at primary-school age but schools do not always have the resources to get their pupils excited about the possibilities of these subjects. 

“Through Cool Aeronautics and our close partnership with Gatwick Airport and the Gatwick Aviation Museum we aim to open up to children the wonderful world of STEM, as well as the incredible opportunities available in aviation and aerospace, in an interactive, entertaining and, most importantly, fun way.”

Gatwick Aviation Museum Manager, Ashley Colella, said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Aeronautical Society and Gatwick Airport to help inspire the next generation of aviation professionals. The museum is a great place to showcase aviation history and we look forward to delivering this programme throughout the year.”

Southgate Primary School Teacher, Mrs Noble, said:

“Year 3 had the most fantastic day! We have learnt so much about the airport and the planes that use it. We will definitely be visiting again soon, thank you.”

For more information about how schools can register for a Cool Aeronautics event at Gatwick, please contact: community@gatwickairport.com.

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A massive £30,000 raised by taxi company for local charity

Gatwick’s on-site taxi company raises £30,000 for local charity partner.

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London Gatwick’s on-site taxi company, Gatwick Airport Cars, has raised £30,000 for the airport’s local charity partner St Catherine’s Hospice.

Airport Cars has supported the charity over the past five years and the total amount has been raised through donation boxes in the company’s crew room.

St Catherine’s Hospice is based in Crawley, West Sussex, and provides end-of-life care and support to terminally ill people and their families across Crawley, Horsham, East Surrey and Mid Sussex.

Last month Gatwick announced a new two year partnership with St Catherine’s Hospice, having already helped raise more than £113,000 for the charity since the airport first partnered it two years ago.

Gatwick Airport Cars Director, James Kemp, said:

“Airport Cars is delighted to support St Catherine’s Hospice on an ongoing basis. Our drivers raise money every day for this wonderful cause meaning that we can send a generous amount every month.”

St Catherine’s Hospice Head of Fundraising, Lucy Bowden, said:

“Thank you so much to everyone at Gatwick Airport Cars for your amazing support of St Catherine’s Hospice. You’ve raised a fantastic amount of money and we hope you are very proud of your commitment to your local community. We really look forward to working with you for many more years.”

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