Southampton Airport has breezed past all expectations and targets for donations collected towards the air ambulance charity by raising thousands!
The airport’s chosen charity is Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) and has managed to raise an incredible £38,000 for the service that saves countless lives each year.
Southampton Airport managed to reach the target via a host of various fundraising activities including; the annual staff Airport Awards, the Runway Run and general fundraising efforts throughout the terminal. And if you thought that was impressive… This year has even see two members of airport staff skydive in the name of raising money for HIOWAA.
Neil Garwood, managing director at Southampton Airport, said: “Our partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been an incredible journey so far, and looking at the previous years we are very ambitious to raise even more funds in 2019.
“We would like to thank everyone for their generous support that allows this amazing charity to operate and save lives.”
The airport have had a longstanding relationship with HIOWAA, and has raised over £60,000 for the charity over the past 2 years. This figure is enough to keep the air ambulance and charity critical care team vehicles operational for four days, who attend an average of 6 incidents a day.
Ray Southam, partnerships manager for HIOWAA, said: “It costs £15,000 a day to keep us flying and responding to emergencies across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and a donation of £100,000 could keep us operational for a whole week.
“We are indebted to Southampton Airport for their generosity.”