Airport staff deliver £25,000 for charities in Drop-off Zone giving

19 Nov 2015

Staff at Belfast International Airport have given charities a £25,000 boost through the Drop-off Zone contribution scheme.

Each month, a member of staff nominates a charity to receive one day’s takings from the Drop-off area at the front of the Terminal building.

The scheme started last October, and each month a member of staff nominates a charity to benefit from takings.

Charities that have already benefitted include the NI Children’s Hospice, the RNLI, Muscular Dystrophy, Ballymena Sea Cadets and Meningitis Now.

An unusual overseas beneficiary was the Mission Aviation Fellowship. The Fellowship flies medical relief and life-transforming help to vulnerable people in hard-to-reach places.

One such journey involved transporting local woman, Maud Kells, a missionary midwife, to hospital after she had been shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Belfast International Airport Human Resources Manager, Jaclyn Coulter, describes the novel fund-raising scheme as a first-class way for staff to make a real difference.

Ms Coulter said: “All of our people embrace the scheme. They know it’s worthwhile and delivers real benefits for hard-pressed charities both at home and abroad. It’s completely collaborative, involving management and staff together, as we nominate income from one day a-month to the chosen charity.

“The total for the year so far is £25,000. We are making an impact, and that’s so satisfying for our people to know. The work of nominating charities from a days’ takings at the Drop-Off Zone will continue with our staff continuing to take the lead.”


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