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easyJet launch charity campaign on Gatwick flights

The charity campaign launched by the airline aims to help fund research into prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast and prostate cancer.

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Christina (whose Dad has been affected by prostate cancer) and her partner Dan, both work for easyJet.

A six-week campaign has been launched by easyJet, which aims to help fund cutting-edge research into breast cancer and prostate cancer on board easyJet’s Gatwick based aircraft.

easyJet’s collaboration with Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK will see cabin crew based at Gatwick championing on board collections by encouraging passengers to donate their spare change of any currency on flights between 1 – 21 October and 29 October – 18 November.

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Money raised by passengers and crews will help both charities fund research into prevention, early detection, and treatment of breast and prostate cancer – in turn saving the lives of women and men across the UK.

Soaring to new heights, cabin crew have also been given an opportunity to don special charity branded uniform, including ties, neck scarves, pink and blue epaulettes and pin badges, to further show their support to the causes.

Breast cancer and prostate cancer are the most common cancers in men and women in the UK, with 334 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 327 men diagnosed with prostate cancer in Mid-Sussex (Horsham and Crawley) each year.

Dan and Christina in the special charity branded uniform.

Tina Milton, easyJet’s Director of Cabin Services said: “We are delighted to be launching our onboard collection today for Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Now.

“As a pan-European airline flying on over 1000 routes we have a fantastic opportunity to help make a real difference, raise awareness and support the vital work that both of these organisations do.

“This partnership has been made possible by our fantastic crew, some of who have been affected by prostate and breast cancer and are incredibly passionate about the great work these charities do. They have gone the extra mile to help launch this campaign and raise money to support these fantastic causes.”

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now said: “We are very grateful to easyJet for supporting Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK this autumn, to help raise vital funds for life-saving research. The partnership provides a great opportunity for the two charities to come together, to help fund research into the two most common cancers which continue to take the lives of the women and men that we love.

“Each year, around 55,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer, and heartbreakingly, around 11,500 women lose their lives to the disease. We urgently need to invest in research to stop more women dying from breast cancer, and with the help of easyJet passengers and crew, we can get one step closer to putting a stop to this devastating disease.”

Angela Culhane, Chief Executive at Prostate Cancer UK said: “It’s fantastic to be embarking on this journey with easyJet and Breast Cancer Now. This team effort will help us to make life-saving differences, and we’re truly grateful for the opportunity.

“Every 45 minutes one man dies of prostate cancer in the UK, that’s over 47,000 lives lost each year alone. With the support of easyJet staff and passengers we can spread awareness and fund vital research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease, helping to stop prostate cancer from being a killer.”

The collections will take place on board easyJet’s 63 Gatwick based aircraft. In addition, easyJet staff will continue their efforts by hosting their own fundraising activities at Gatwick airport.

For further information about easyJet’s life-saving journeys with Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK please visit: www.easyjet.com/breast-prostate-cancer

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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