Rather than sending festive cards to workers, employees at London’s third busiest airport were asked which local good cause they would like to support, and the charity that cares for children with life-limiting illnesses won the vote.
Little Havens Corporate Fundraiser, Tanya King, said: “What a fantastic way to spread some festive cheer this Christmas! We are extremely grateful to Stansted Airport for choosing to support its local children’s hospice. The care we provide to seriously ill children and their families is free of charge and we rely on kind donations such as this to ensure we can continue caring. On behalf of everyone at Little Havens I’d like to thank Stansted Airport for their generosity and wish them a very Merry Christmas.”
The airport has donated more than £7,000 to local charities since the Christmas card scheme was introduced five years ago. Past recipients include; Together in West Essex (a breast cancer charity), the Animal Rescue Charity in Bishop's Stortford, Help for Heroes and last year, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust. Marcella M’Rabety, Stansted Airport’s corporate social responsibility manager, added: "Sending Christmas cards each year adds up to a considerable sum and we felt the money could be put to better use elsewhere. Little Havens Children’s Hospice came top of a recent staff poll and we're thrilled to lend our support to such a worthy cause.”
Little Havens, based in Thundersley, near Rayleigh in Essex, cares for life-limited children and their families from Essex and the surrounding London Boroughs, throughout the journey of their illness. The money raised will help to fund nearly 90 hours of specialist nursing care at Little Havens Children’s Hospice.