Keech Hospice checks-in for airport charity partnership

London Luton Airport (LLA) has announced Keech Hospice Care as its new charity partner for 2016 and 2017.

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The two-year partnership aims to raise a total of more than £50,000 to help Keech deliver much needed hospice care to both children and adults across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Keech was chosen following a public vote in which they received the support of more than 12,000 people, including jazz-pop singer and songwriter Jamie Cullum, McBusted’s Harry Judd, golfer Ian Poulter and chef Jean Christophe Novelli.

Airport staff are already planning world record attempts, pop-up stores in the terminal and even a fire walk to meet the ambitious target.

Neil Thompson, Operations Director at London Luton Airport, said “We’re delighted to be supporting Keech to provide care to adults, children and their families. Keech is a fantastic local charity and our staff are excited that the public chose to make it their winner.

“The two-year partnership will coincide with one of the most exciting periods for the airport as we are spending £110 million to transform the airport and expand capacity. The partnership with Keech is just one of the ways in which we are working to make sure that LLA’s growth benefits the whole of the local community.”

Liz Searle, Acting CEO of Keech Hospice Care, said “We're thrilled and thank everyone who got behind us and voted. Keech needs £14,000 a day to keep the hospice running and continue the great work it does for the community. We rely on local support and donations for 70 percent of our funding.

“As leaders in our field, we want to be able to offer people the care they need, when they need it, where they need it and how they want it. More and more of our patients are telling us they want to be able to stay at home with their loved ones for as long as possible. That means we need more nurses, therapists and transport to enable people to do this. Our new partnership with London Luton Airport will allow us to give patients and their families the support they need.”

For further information please contact:

Keech Hospice Care
Lorna Milton, Senior PR Officer, 01582 497874 / 07824606856 or email lmilton@keech.org.uk

London Luton Airport Press Office

07714 728035 / pressoffice@ltn.aero