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Two people hospitalised after fifty passengers fall ill on Virgin flight into Gatwick

The passengers were quarantined when the flight landed at Gatwick this morning (6th March).

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Two people have been taken to hospital after a large number of people became ill on a flight from Barbados into Gatwick.

Flight VS610 reported that passengers were suffering from coughing and nausea.

Masked officers met the arriving passengers when the flight landed at 5:20am. Medical checks were done on passengers at the scene to assess the situation.

A Gatwick spokesperson said:

“A small number of passengers and crew on board a Virgin Atlantic flight which landed from Bridgetown, Barbados this morning reported feeling unwell. In keeping with health and safety procedures, the relevant authorities were informed and an assessment was taken on board. Passengers have now been able to leave the aircraft and continue their onward journeys.”

A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic said:

“A number of customers on board a charter flight from Barbados to London Gatwick this morning (March 6th), reported feeling unwell onboard. The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew is always our absolute priority, and local ambulance services attended the aircraft upon landing to provide medical assistance. We are working closely with London Gatwick Airport and medical teams to offer assistance to customers, and will conduct a full investigation into the circumstances.”

The Virgin flight had 448 passengers onboard of which 50 reported to be unwell. Some were tended to on the aircraft.

Customers were tended to on the aircraft, and have now departed to continue their journeys. There were 448 customers onboard, with approximately 50 reported being unwell.

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) said:

“South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust was called to attend an in-bound flight at Gatwick at shortly before 5am today (6 March) following reports of a number of passengers and crew feeling unwell and nauseous.

“We sent ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team and a number of other specialist paramedics to the scene. The crews have worked together on scene to assess and treat patients approximately 30 people, most of whom have been able to be discharged from scene with advice. Two patients are being taken to hospital for further checks.

“We are now clearing from the scene.”

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Gatwick Express team gives cash boost to Crawley charity

The Gatwick Express team has given a local charity a cash boost following a number of staff fundraising initiatives in recent months.

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Maria Cook, Chair of Autism Support Crawley (left) takes delivery of a 'rail ticket cheque' from Gatwick Express managers

Autism Support Crawley, which supports children and adults on the autistic spectrum, has been given a generous donation of £1,931.15 thanks to kind-hearted Gatwick Express staff who have taken part in a series of activities at Gatwick Airport Station, including cake sales, a Christmas jumper competition and bucket appeals.

Station staff were delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to Autism Support Crawley on Tuesday, May 21 to the chairperson of the charity, Maria Cook.

She said:

“We are thrilled to receive such wonderful support from everyone at Gatwick Express.

“Their response to the voluntary work that we do for over 1,200 families across Sussex and Surrey is overwhelming. This will go a long way in helping us to continue to support families and work with lots of different professions to improve understanding, acceptance and inclusion in society,”she added.

Gatwick Express staff were inspired to support the charity after hosting a group from Autism Support Crawley for a ‘Try a Train’ event, during which autistic young people and adults were shown around the station to help them become more familiar and confident when travelling by train, as well as how to buy tickets to support more independent travel.

Gatwick area station manager David Stronell said:

“We’re really proud of all the work we have done to help the charity. The whole station has been involved in the fundraising.

“Since we started supporting the charity, it has sparked a lot of conversations and a lot of staff have talked about having children on the autistic spectrum. It has brought us all together and got people opening up about autism, which in turn has raised awareness for us all,” said David.

Charity trustee, member and service user Charlotte Gover said:

“The amazing donation from Gatwick Express will support so many of our families by enabling us to continue to provide information sessions, conferences, coffee mornings, evening meetings and much needed inclusive family events.”

Staff at Gatwick are now gearing up for their next fundraising events so watch this space!

This month also marks the 35th birthday of Gatwick Express and there have been plenty of activities going on to celebrate the occasion.

For more information, visit:http://www.mynewsdesk.com/uk/govia-thameslink-railway/pressreleases/gatwick-express-staff-celebrate-35-years-of-operations-2872525

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