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New charity partnerships announced for Gatwick Airport

Gatwick staff have voted to renew local partnership with St Catherine’s Hospice and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has also been selected as a charity partner.

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Today, London Gatwick has announced its local and national charity partners for the next two years.

Following a Gatwick staff vote, St Catherine’s Hospice has been selected as the airport’s local charity partner, while Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust has also been selected as a charity partner by the airport’s senior management team.

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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. Gatwick has already enjoyed a two year partnership with the hospice, which has helped raise more than £113,000 since it started. The charity is so close to the hearts of many Gatwick staff members that it was voted for again, for another two years.

As an independent charity, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust provides a 24 hours a day helicopter emergency medical service, responding to patients who have suffered trauma or serious medical emergencies across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The charity relies on fundraising and donations so its doctor and paramedic teams can deliver all the skills and equipment of an A&E department to critically ill and injured patients.

Together the two charities will join Gatwick’s longstanding charity partnership with TravelCare, which has served alongside the airport’s terminals since 1986. Based in the South Terminal, the charity operates seven days a week, all year round and helps around 2,500 passengers every year. Each day the Gatwick TravelCare team helps to resolve a wide range of welfare issues including missed flights, passport irregularities as well as providing emotional support.

Gatwick Airport’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Planning and Sustainability, Tim Norwood, said:

“Our staff are passionate about supporting and fundraising for all of our charity partnerships and it is great they were able to have a say in selecting our local charity partner for the next two years.

“We look forward to supporting these incredible organisations which do vital work for those in need, across our local community.”

St Catherine’s Hospice Chief Executive Officer, Giles Tomsett, said:

“We’ve really enjoyed working with everyone at Gatwick Airport for the past two years, we’ve loved your enthusiasm and incredible support so far. Bravo team! We’re looking forward to seeing this partnership go from strength to strength, it’s been a real team effort. We can’t thank you enough for choosing to support your local hospice going forward.”

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust’s Chief Executive, Adrian Bell, said:

“None of us know when we could need this vital service, so this partnership is a great opportunity to raise funds and share our message with many people. It’s incredible to think of the difference this partnership will make to the community. We are very much looking forward to getting started.”

Gatwick TravelCare Manager, Linda Comber, said:

“On behalf of Gatwick TravelCare, I would like to sincerely thank Gatwick Airport for the continued support of the charity. Because of this kindness we can continue to provide assistance to vulnerable and distressed passengers, offering compassion and practical help.

“At Gatwick TravelCare we strive to help all those in need. Every day passengers turn to us for help and it is only through the kindness and generosity of supporters like Gatwick Airport that we can provide our services and have a positive impact on so many difficult situations. Thank you for helping us to do this.”

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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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