London Luton Airport thanks Community Groups who raised aid for Pakistan Flood Victims

    Tuesday 29th March 2010

    London Luton Airport thanks Community Groups who raised aid for Pakistan Flood Victims

    London Luton Airport has hosted a presentation to thank the 21 Luton based community groups who, working alongside the Airport, raised £25,000 of aid in just three weeks for Pakistan flood victims.

    The presentation was attended by staff from the Airport, including Community Relations Executive Sian Pearce and Managing Director Glyn Jones who presented certificates of thanks to representatives of the community groups involved.

    London Luton Airport launched the appeal in November 2010 to help flood victims in Pakistan and local people were encouraged to donate dried food items and new blankets to centres throughout the town. Airport staff and community volunteers then co-ordinated the packaging of aid parcels which were flown directly to Pakistan by Pakistan International Airways.

    The Luton-wide collection was a fantastic success with over £25,000 worth of aid collected, amounting to over 14 tonnes of relief items. The Ummah Welfare Trust, a registered charity, took responsibility for distributing the goods in Pakistan, ensuring the aid reached the places where it was most needed. Food packages were distributed to 556 of the most vulnerable families in the Nowshera and Charsadda regions of Pakistan, whose homes had been washed away and who are now living in makeshift camps in the region.

    Communities groups involved in the appeal included Bury Park Community Resource Centre, Farley Community Centre, Saints Community Centre, Hockwell Ring Community Centre, Raynham Way Community Centre, Bushmead Community Centre, Luton in Harmony, Putteridge Junior School, Oakwood Primary School, William Austin Junior School, Beech Hill Primary School, London Luton Airport Cargo Centre, Luton Sixth Form College, Barnfield, Luton Council of Faiths, Luton Council of Mosques, Inspire FM, Ummah Welfare Trust, SK Foods, Rabia Education Trust, Unleashing Potential.

    Glyn Jones, Managing Director of London Luton Airport said:

    ‘We at London Luton Airport want to thank all the people and groups involved in the Pakistan Flood Victims appeal for the fantastic efforts they made in raising £25,000 of aid in just three weeks. The speed with which the whole community responded meant that aid could quickly be transported to the most needy in Pakistan and is a testimony to the civic spirit of all Lutonians.’