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Gatwick PCSO shortlisted for national diversity award

Victor Finch, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, has been shortlisted for ’employee of the year’.

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A passionate PCSO has been shortlisted for a national award for his dedication to diversity.

Gatwick based Victor Finch, has been the driving force behind a number of campaigns and initiatives aimed at raising awareness and improving the lives of people with disabilities.

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During his time with the force, he has worked his way up to secretary of the Sussex Police Disability and Carers Association, and has been a key player in ensuring Sussex Police delivers its promise to adhere to the Equality Act.

Now, he has been shortlisted for the ‘employee of the year’ title at the Inclusive Companies Awards (formerly the Excellence in Diversity Awards), which takes place on 15 November.

The awards celebrate those who go above and beyond the call of duty to improve the lives of others in workplaces and communities around them.

Vic, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, has assisted Gatwick Airport and the local community with a number of events, supporting charities such as Chestnut Tree House and Outreach 3 Way.

Furthermore, he was heavily involved in Gatwick becoming the first autism-friendly airport in the UK, which is now accepted by the Civil Aviation Authority as best practice nationally for all UK airports.

Closer to home, Vic faces his own daily battles – he was recently diagnosed with dyslexia and his two children have varying forms of autism, ADHD and Tourette’s – but insists, “I wouldn’t change it for the world”.

He added: “I feel I give considerable energy and enthusiasm to ensure everything I do is a success. My personal and professional commitment has a profound effect on many others, and this has been recognised outside of the organisation and nationally.

“I have received a number of awards for my work with diversity and to make a difference – including Chief Constable awards – and I’m over the moon to be shortlisted for this national accolade.

“I also volunteer many hours outside of work to my son’s school where I am a governor. This includes spending time in school, going on trips, giving advice to parents and networking. I attend a lot of talks and training presentations to ensure we as a school do our best for our disabled children.

“All of this, combined with having two disabled children myself, is a real challenge, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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The first easyJet holidays’ summer customers take off from Gatwick as business continues to return to airport

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It’s another welcome sign that the airport is starting to pick up since lockdown began to ease.

easyJet holidays has started taking its first ever summer customers on holiday since the launch of the business in November last year and since travel restrictions and quarantine advice changed.

Customers will be jetting off from London Gatwick airport to enjoy holidays to the likes of Crete, Rhodes, Malta and Turkey. When customers arrive on holiday there will be local gifts to enjoy courtesy of easyJet holidays and their destination partners to celebrate the first arrivals.

To help support and prepare customers for what to expect on holiday in these times, easyJet holidays has created a customer video and provided detailed information pages on its website – a Covid-19 response and a safety and wellbeing centre.

Matt Callaghan, Customer Director at easyJet holidays said:

“This is a really big moment for us and it is hugely exciting to be taking our first customers away this summer. We know how important holidays are to us all and we also recognise that for many a holiday this year feels even more significant. We’ve made a series of commitments and put in a number of steps to help ensure customers can have a safe and enjoyable holiday. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of our partners for the part they have played in getting ready for today.”

Stephen King, Head of Airline Relations at Gatwick Airport, said:

“The launch of easyJet holidays from Gatwick Airport is a really significant step off the back of an incredibly challenging few months, not just for the aviation industry but for individuals and families across the country. For people to have the opportunity to get away to easyJet holidays’ fantastic range of destinations from Gatwick this summer is great news and something certain to give many families a huge boost.

“As an airport, we have implemented numerous new measures to ensure the safety of both passengers and staff travelling through Gatwick, which will help keep passenger safe and help to rebuild confidence in flying, whether to see family and friends, to enjoy a much-needed holiday or to travel for business.”

Today also marks the day that the new comic book inspired face masks for children will start to be available on easyJet flights. The masks, designed by Irish artist Will Sliney, best known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, are just one element of the new measures the airline has introduced on flights to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard.

easyJet holidays has great value deals on a range of holidays bookable all the way through to October next year. All holidays include 23kg of luggage per person, with transfers included on beach holidays.

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