24 Dec 2012

Newcastle Airport offers Maggie’s an early Christmas present

DATE: 24-12-12

Maggie’s in the North East has been given an extra special Christmas present by being named as Newcastle International Airport’s new adopted charity for 2013-14. 

The announcement comes following a staff vote and charity selection process. Over the last few years, Newcastle Airport has helped the NSPCC to raise thousands of pounds for children in the North East. 

From January, Maggie’s will benefit from funds raised at the airport. Many passengers donate their leftover foreign currency to the charity as well as sterling at collection facilities across the terminal. Airport staff will also get involved in regular fundraising activities. 

Maggie’s offers a free programme of emotional support and practical advice to people with cancer as well as their friends and families. They offer professional information and advice, counselling, benefits advice, support groups and practical workshops such as nutrition classes. Last year the charity’s UK-wide network of centres received over 100,000 visits from people with cancer and their loved ones. 

Maggie’s has been working hard to raise funds to build a new purpose built centre in Newcastle based at the Freeman Hospital. It will serve a population of 3 million people where over 13,500 people are diagnosed with cancer every year and is hoped to open before summer 2013. The centre was designed by Ted Cullinan. 

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “Our relationship with the NSPCC has been hugely successful and we’re glad to have been able to help them raise so much for the cause. Our new adopted charity Maggie’s is a wonderful charity which we feel will have a real benefit for those in the region and their families dealing with cancer and will offer a valuable service. We look forward to working with them to support their launch in the region from January.” 

Lorna Moran, Chair of Maggie’s North East, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as Newcastle Airport’s adopted charity for the next two years, it is such a great boost to Maggie’s this Christmas. 

“Maggie’s provide practical and emotional support to people with cancer and their loved ones, completely free of charge. It is only because of the generosity of supporters like Newcastle Airport that we are able to provide this vital support; we are so grateful to be their new charity partner.” 

Janet Richardson of the NSPCC, said: “The partnership with Newcastle Airport has not only raised vital funds for NSPCC totalling £15,948 this year to date, but has also helped to raise the profile of the charity in the North East. Although the NSPCC is a national UK charity, we work in your local communities, supporting and protecting local children. Monies raised for NSPCC here in the North East are used to fund our pioneering services for local vulnerable children such as our new Childline School Service. 

“I’d like to thank management and staff of Newcastle International Airport for their support which has helped NSPCC to pilot this new service here in the North East.”