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We are a big part of local community life and we work hard to strengthen and support those areas closest to the airport. We want to ensure that people across our community benefit as much as possible from their proximity to a major international airport, and we do this by providing funding, time and resources to projects which are important both to local people and to our colleagues.
We are delighted that London Stansted continues to play an ever-increasing role in the local community through our charitable actions. This year, we have funded 100 local community group initiatives with £140,052. This has been donated through two categories of funding: the Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund and the Stansted Airport Community Trust.
The Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund donates money to local causes within a 20-mile radius of the airport. The money donated by the committee is raised from the unwanted foreign currency of passengers and staff, which is collected in the terminal. Consideration is given to requests from sports clubs, pre-schools and nurseries, junior sports clubs, Brownies, Guides, clubs and other local charities.
In December, the Essex Wildlife Trust was awarded £1000 towards the Rockell’s Wood Restoration Project. The project is in an ancient wood near Duddenhoe End and is the last woodland west of the M11 still to contain a population of Oxlips, a nationally scarce wildflower. The flowers are being threatened by the increase in the deer population, and the money donated is being used to fund temporary fencing that protects them.
For further information and to request an application form, email Sandra_king@stanstedAirport.com.
The Stansted Airport Community Trust supports capital projects which protect and enhance the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our community within a 10-mile radius of the airport. It is financed by Stansted Airport and by any aircraft noise fines. Recently, a grant of £2000 was awarded to the animal rescue centre, Mutts in Distress, towards the conversion of a building into a hospital to help sick and injured animals.
For more details about this trust and to apply please email cllr.Susan.Barker@essex.gov.uk or call 01245 231250.