Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Stansted Airport volunteers lend a helping hand in the local community this Christmas

Teams of Stansted Airport elves have been out and about in the community spreading some festive cheer and supporting local good causes in the run-up to Christmas.

While passengers jet off on their winter holidays, 100 airport volunteers have been lending a festive hand to dozens of community projects in Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Saffron Waldon during December.

Operational teams and office staff have been giving up their time to help out at local food banks, serve Christmas lunches to the elderly, deliver presents to children in hospital and spruce up a children’s nursery.

Airport manager and Harlow resident, Neil Banks, rounded up his team to double up as waiters and bartenders and serve Christmas lunch to a group of pensioners at Harlow Rugby Club.

"There is nothing more rewarding than helping out someone that needs support, especially at this time of year. Whether it’s at the foodbank making up weekly packs for families or preparing and serving dinners to pensioners at a Christmas lunch, the feeling that you are just doing your bit is always welcomed, it’s a humbling and rewarding experience all at once." Said Neil Banks, Stansted Transformation Manager.

Meanwhile, ten airport security officers swapped their uniforms for overalls to redecorate the nursery at Grove Cottage, the home of Mencap in Bishop’s Stortford.

“The volunteers were absolutely fantastic! They worked so hard and achieved so much. We are very grateful to them for giving their time to help us. Our members will be thrilled with their bright and fresh room when they return after Christmas." Said, Monica Baker, Volunteer Coordinator at Grove Cottage.

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