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Stansted Runners Take Off On Inaugural Charity Runway Run

24 Jun 2013

A dedicated band of jet-heeled runners took off on a very early morning run along Stansted Airport’s runway today to raise funds for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, the airport’s charity partner.

At 3am on a clear, crisp Monday morning, nearly 100 airport staff and Air Ambulance supporters sprinted, jogged and walked the 6km course for the inaugural fun run along the airport’s 3048 metre long runway.

Stansted Airport Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Marcella M’Rabety, said:

“This is the first time ever the airport has opened up its runway for such a unique event.  The fantastic occasion allowed staff and our business partners the very rare chance to run along one of the busiest runways in the country, all in aid of our wonderful charity partner, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust.

“The airport is delighted to be backing the Trust during 2013 and by supporting them we will also play our part in saving lives of people who live and work in our region. Having a charity partner allows us to provide a strong and clear focus to the airport’s fundraising efforts, offers staff volunteering and fundraising opportunities and helps us play a critical role in supporting good causes in our local community.”

Helena Morgan, Head of Fundraising, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, said:

“We are honoured that Stansted Airport opened up its runway today for the very first time for such a unique fundraising event. I was lucky enough to take part in the run along with five colleagues from the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, Stansted Airport staff and Air Ambulance supporters. This is such a novel idea to help raise much needed funds for your local Air Ambulance to continue saving lives. We are very excited about our new partnership with Stansted Airport and look forward to more interesting events throughout the year.”

During the year, airport staff are taking part in a number of events to raise funds and awareness for the charity that provides a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Essex and Hertfordshire. In May a team of pedal-pushers from the airport took part and raised funds at the Air Ambulance Colne Valley Cycle Ride and in September a range of events are planned to celebrate National Air Ambulance week.

To find out more about the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust visit www.ehaat.uk.com.

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