Happy International Day of Charity


By Heathrow

Published 5th September 2019

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At Heathrow, our charity partnerships provide a platform to raise funds and involve our colleagues, passengers and partners in making a difference to the lives of people locally, nationally and globally.

By working closely with our three partners: Care International, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Heathrow Community Trust, we aim to achieve great things:

  • Support 100 young people to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award
  • Improve the quality of life of 20,000 local people a year through the Heathrow Community Trust
  • Raise £1 million in passenger donations to Care International

At Heathrow, colleagues participate in a number of different innovative, challenge events to raise money for charities, such as a Midnight Marathon and Race the Plane.

Did you know Heathrow hosted a Midnight Marathon event for a fifth year in a row this year, raising over £54,000 for charity.

Care International UK

Heathrow launched a new two-year partnership with Care International UK in 2018 to support their Lendwithcare programme – providing small loans and training to entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Through the new partnership, colleagues and passengers will be able to support women and men in countries such as Cambodia, Ecuador, Malawi and Rwanda to change their lives and work their way out of poverty by growing their own businesses.

In the first 10 months of the partnership with CARE International, Heathrow collected over £180,000 in donations from passengers in a variety of global currencies, via collection points located across the airport in departure lounges and baggage reclaim halls.

Click here to become a lender and support a business venture. Or visit Care International’s website here for more information.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) programme transforms young peoples’ confidence, skills and well-being.

Heathrow has support DofE for several years and in 2018 we launched a new three-year partnership aiming to help over 350,000 young people from diverse backgrounds start a life-changing DofE Award each year by 2021.

Our partnership gives colleagues that chance to participate in fundraising events that unblock their own potential and build self-belief and team-working abilities. Through the DofE programme, we focus on raising the skills and employment aspirations of young people in our local community and across the UK.

Heathrow’s third annual ‘Race the Plane’ event, saw over 400 colleagues working together to complete 30-minute sessions on stationary bikes racing a United Airlines flight from Heathrow to New York. The teams managed to beat the plane, raising over £100,000 in the process!

Click here to find out more about the DofE programme.

Heathrow Community Trust 

The Heathrow Community Trust is an independently run grant-making charity. The grant programme funds projects that improve quality of life for communities near the airport. It also supports colleague volunteering and fundraising, for example by making donations to community groups or charities where our colleagues volunteer.

As well as input funding from Heathrow, the trust receives noise fines levied on airlines when they break noise regulations and money generated through fundraising by Heathrow colleagues and others.


By Heathrow

Published 5th September 2019