Over the past two years, the airport has raised more than £60,000 for the Charity; enough to keep the Air Ambulance and charity Critical Care Team Vehicles operational for four days, attending an average of six incidents a day, many of them life-saving. Southampton Airport has now announced its ambitious plans to raise a total of £100k for the life-saving Charity over the course of the three year partnership.
The airport was able to reach the target through various activities including the annual staff Airport Awards, the Runway Run and general terminal fundraising. This year has also seen members of staff jumping out of a plane for HIOWAA, and 2019 will see another breath-taking activity taking place.
Neil Garwood, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, said: “Our partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been an incredible journey so far, and looking at the previous years we are very ambitious to raise even more funds in 2019. We would like to thank everyone for their generous support that allows this amazing charity to operate and save lives.”
Ray Southam, Partnerships Manager for HIOWAA, said: “It costs £15,000 a day to keep us flying and responding to emergencies across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and a donation of £100,000 could keep us operational for a whole week. We are indebted to Southampton Airport for their generosity and support and look forward to our continued collaboration in 2019.”