Four very special Santa Flights took off from London Southend Airport - whisking 169 children along with their friends and family members off on a unique adventure over the country.
Father Christmas was at the controls of the BAE 146 from London Southend Airport based JOTA Aviation, with his cheeky band of elves as the cabin crew to look after and entertain everyone on the 25-minute flight – naturally, all following the ‘elf ‘n’ safety’ guidelines. Passengers on the final flight enjoyed an extra special trip when Thames Radar gave them permission to fly to London and back.
Upon its return, each flight’s guests disembarked to join an exclusive party in the airport’s terminal, including a visit to Santa in his grotto.
Around £8,000 was raised which will be split between three local charities – the Southend University Hospital Keyhole Cancer Appeal, Turning Tides / SAVS and Fair Havens / Little Havens. This amount will also be match funded by Stobart Group for local charities.
Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation that owns London Southend Airport says: “The festive Santa Flights are a truly magical day out for the children and their families, so we were delighted to be able to provide this whilst also raising much-needed funds for such great local charities.”
The 2015 Santa Flights were organised by the London Southend Airport Charity Committee headed by Amy Such and Eileen O'Connor and kindly sponsored by Stobart Group, London Southend Airport, JOTA Aviation, WHSmith, Moneycorp, British Airways and Air BP.
A further £500 was also raised by a Tombola with the proceeds going to a Kids Club in Cumbria that has been affected by Storm Desmond – Stobart Aviation also owns Carlisle Airport.
Glyn added “I’d like to thank all our sponsors and the sixty staff from London Southend Airport, JOTA Aviation and other onsite companies who all donated their time and worked tirelessly to make this happen.