24 Mar 2015

Footballers launch airport staff donation scheme


Newcastle International Airport has today announced a new scheme which will allow staff to donate directly to the airport’s charity fundraising partnership between the Newcastle United Foundation and SAFC’s Foundation of Light.

Players past and present from both clubs met with staff from the airport, which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year, in the terminal to launch the voluntary Give as You Earn scheme. Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez, Mike Williamson and Bob Moncur teamed up with Sunderland AFC’s Jack Rodwell and Jimmy Montgomery to encourage employees to sign up and make regular donations.

In December 2014 the airport announced a historic partnership, with both football foundations jointly becoming the airport's adopted charity for 2015 and 2016.

Both charities work with children, young people and families across the North East using the power of football to educate, encourage and inform in a variety of areas including health, sport and teamwork.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle international Airport, said: “The North East’s passion for football is unmatched. We know that many of our staff are huge fans of either club and this scheme will allow them to donate directly to the fundraising partnership, ensuring that they are able to continue their amazing work in the community.

“We’re delighted to have players from both clubs in the terminal to help launch the scheme, especially with the Wear Tyne derby less than a fortnight away.”

Phil King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, said: “It is fantastic to have the support of the employees of Newcastle International Airport and their partners. By donating from their wages each month, they are backing projects benefiting people in their communities and improving opportunities across the North East. It’s also a great example of organisations engaging their employees in two vital charities in our region.

“As well as their regular donations, we hope to get the employees involved in a number of events and challenges throughout the next two years.”

Keith Nicholson Acting Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Newcastle Airport is launching the Give As You Earn scheme. Around half a million people across the UK donate money to charity in this way and provides a valuable way for charities to fundraise. At Newcastle United Foundation, our fundraising goes towards promoting healthy and active lifestyles in the most disadvantaged communities and without this, we could not do what we do. Our ability to inspire people to learn and reach their potential is built upon support such as this and on behalf of our participants I would like to thank everyone getting involved in raising funds.”

Members of the public can also donate jointly to the two charities by texting NUSA01 £5 to 70070 to donate and make a difference today.

Each season Newcastle United Foundation raises over £2 million to work with over 50,000 individuals; delivering 24,000 hours in the local community, is active in 200 local schools, seeing record levels of participation on all its sporting, health, education and youth programmes. To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it works with 50,000 young people and their families across the region each year, please visit www.nufoundation.org.uk

Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, and uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire thousands of young people and their families through a range of award-winning education, sport, health and employability programmes. Projects are delivered to over 42,000 young people and adults throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham. Structurally and financially independent of the football club Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs. To find out more about their work, visit www.foundationoflight.co.uk