We take our responsibilities to our local community seriously and encourage all our staff to get involved in fund raising and volunteering
Gatwick has a proud history of charitable support. As well as supporting many charities and local groups, we have three key charities which we work to raise funds for over the longer term - one local, one national and one airport based charity. These charities are currently St Catherine's Hospice, Gatwick TravelCare and Cancer Research UK.
We will be raising money for these organisations throughout the year and encouraging our staff to volunteer their time and expertise.
Eight of our colleagues recently represented Gatwick at Twickenham for the O2 Charity Rugby Tournament, making it all the way to the quarter finals.
Security Operations Manager Colm Doherty described the experience as an "amazing day" and encourages everyone to "dig deep and give some money to Cancer Research!"
We have several collection boxes situated around both terminals for donations of spare currency and this money also goes towards our chosen Charities.
You may also see these other selected charities collecting money around Gatwick from time to time:
- Comic Relief: comicrelief.org
- Children in Need: bbc.co.uk/pudsey
- Poppy Appeal: britishlegion.org.uk/
Support our community
Travellers passing through Gatwick’s North Terminal were entertained by dozens of young people as the airport staged the Sussex regional tournament of the First Lego League.
Eighty students aged between nine and sixteen from eight primary and secondary schools from across the South East were on the terminal’s concourse to demonstrate their skills in engineering, programming, problem-solving and teamwork in a tournament that could take the winning team to compete in the First Lego League world finals in the USA.
We encourage all our staff to get involved in the local community offering their skills and time. Some use their expertise in areas like finance and marketing to give advice to local charities and organisations, others are governors of local schools and team building days are encouraged to be taken volunteering in the local community. All staff are able to take two days per year to spend doing voluntary work of their choice.
St Catherine's Hospice
St Catherine's Hospice is a local charity with a big ambition; to help everyone face death informed, supported and pain free.
It's there for people throughout Gatwick and the surrounding area, with expert hospice care, when and where they need it most. Expert staff are on hand to support people living with terminal illness in their homes, community and hospice building. It could be a bath, a favourite meal, or helping someone manage their pain; for St Catherine's, hospice care is whatever patients and those closest to them need it to be. The charity also gives emotional, spiritual and welfare support to anyone affected by death and bereavement.
St Catherine's' care is only possible thanks to the generosity of the local community. The support of Gatwick and the local community will help them be there, when life comes full circle.
Gatwick TravelCare assist over 2,000 passengers with travel-related problems each year.
The organisation is co-funded by Gatwick Airport Limited and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which it sometimes represents on certain occasions, such as when repatriation flights return to Gatwick.
On a daily basis, the GTC crew help to resolve a wide range of issues, from financial difficulties to missed flights, rectifying passport irregularities and taking mental health into consideration. The Travel Care team also work with airlines, handling agents, consulates, embassies, social services and the police to provide our passengers with the best possible service.
Opening hours are from 09:00-17:00 Monday through Friday, and 09:00-16:00 on weekends and bank holidays.
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK pioneer research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. With no government funding for their research, their progress depends on donations and support through events like Race for Life to help them continue their groundbreaking work and help more people survive cancer.
Cancer Research UK are world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. They want to create more tomorrows for more people and are determined to keep pushing forward to help beat cancer sooner