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Homeless Charity Benefits From Airport Donation

11 Jul 2011

An innovative basketball project designed to raise the aspirations of young homeless people in Essex has received a bumper £1,500 cash windfall from Stansted Airport’s charity, the Stansted Community Fund.

The money will support Braintree Foyer’s Look Up To Yourself project which will see former England Basketball International Carl Miller deliver specially structured basketball courses aimed at developing the confidence and self-esteem of homeless youngsters.

The Foyer is part of the Salvation Army Housing Association and provides supported accommodation to homeless, young people aged 16-25 years to help them achieve education, employment and independence.

Mark Watson, Braintree Foyer Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to Stansted Airport for their donation which will allow us to deliver an exciting project with a proven track record of motivating and developing talent to benefit the young people of Braintree.”

The Stansted Community Fund, part of the BAA Communities Trust, supports youth, environment and volunteering projects within a 40 mile radius of Stansted Airport.

Speaking on behalf of the Fund, Stansted Airport’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Marcella M’Rabety, added: “We are delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile project, as it will clearly benefit the local community. We are pleased to be able to do this as the aviation sector is still facing tough times. This demonstrates how seriously we take our commitment to the communities surrounding the airport.”

For more information about how to apply for a community donation, see our community funding page.