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Spaceman Tim Peake lands at Gatwick Hotel

The famous astronaut attended a fundraising event at the weekend for charity, Aerobility.



Astronaut Tim Peake pictured here with Wendy Fitton (Head of Sales at Sofitel London Gatwick) and Ana Porcel (Meeting and Events Executive)

A special guest attending a charity fundraiser at Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel left staff a little ‘star’ struck over the weekend.

Astronaut Tim Peake landed at the hotel, based at Gatwick’s north terminal, to take part in Aerobility’s fundraising event, which included lunch prepared by the Sofitel’s team of chefs, followed by a chartered flight to see the Northern Lights.

Head chef David Woods puts the finishing touches to a Planetarium tomato and mozzarella salad, served as a starter at the Aerobility event

Aerobility is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It’s a charity set up to make flying possible for people with a range of disabilities.

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Following a Q and A session, Tim happily signed books before 140 passengers set off on their ‘chance of a lifetime’ British Airways flight to see the Aurora Borealis.

Sofitel head chef David Woods having his book signed by Astronaut Tim Peake

Head of sales at Sofitel London Gatwick, Wendy Fitton said:

“Tim was really down to earth, and it was so great to be able to meet him, and host Aerobility for this amazing event.”

The astronaut wasn’t the only famous face at the Aerobility event. Impressionist and Sky at Night presenter, Jon Culshaw, and Sky at Night and Stargazing Live presenter, Pete Lawrence, were also there.

For more information about Aerobility, click here.

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Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!

Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.



In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business.  None more so than at an airport.

“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”

Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.

Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:

“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.

It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest.  That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.

The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”

But what is it?

The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers.  Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.

The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner.  Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.

But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.

Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.

Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.

Smiles on the faces of passengers.

The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.

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