Bumper cash boost for local hospice
Stansted Airport Community Trust chairman, Councillor Susan Barker, has presented a cheque for more than £11,000 to St Claire Hospice.
The charity, which supports families living with a terminal illness in Essex and Hertfordshire, is the final beneficiary of the Community Trust before it is relaunched later this year.
Funded by the airport since 2005, the Trust has awarded over £1 million pounds worth of grants to hundreds of organisations within a 10-mile radius of the airport.
Amy Winehouse, Head of Relationship Fundraising at St Claire Hospice, said:
“We are delighted to receive this cheque from Stansted Airport Community Trust. A donation of £11,605.26 could cover the cost of running our community nursing services for a week.
"Our Clinical Nurse Specialists and Hospice at Home team, work hand in hand with local families, ensuring they receive the best advice, symptom management and personal care whilst in the comfort of their own home.
"Last year our Clinical Nurse Specialists supported 892 people through 868 face-to-face visits and made 4,124 supportive phone calls. None of this would be possible without the support of our local community. Thank you.”
During the same event, Councillor Barker, who is also stepping down as the Trust's chairman, was presented with flowers and a voucher for afternoon tea at a local hotel as a thank you for her many years of service.
Councillor Barker said:
"The trustees unanimously voted to give the Trust’s final cheque to St Claire Hospice for their exceptional work supporting families dealing with a terminal illness.
“I could not be prouder of the work we have carried out over my time as chairman of the Stansted Airport Community Trust. I step down knowing that we have supported countless organisations and individuals in the local area.”
As part of its successful planning application to grow passenger numbers to 43 million a year, the airport is creating a brand-new trust fund. Thanks to additional airport funding, the newly formed trust hopes to strengthen the airport’s ties with the local community while supporting charities that promote health and well-being.
Daniel Burford, Community Engagement Manager at Stansted Airport, said:
“It's an exciting time for Stansted Airport, and a great time for local charities and health and well-being projects with £150,000 being made available per year for groups to apply for. Individual grants will be up to £5,000 with one flagship award of up to £50,000 per year.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Councillor Barker and the many other long-standing trustees who have made the Stansted Airport Community Trust so successful in providing such a valuable service to the local community.”