MENTAL health sufferers are to benefit from a new Birmingham Airport three-year partnership with charity Solihull Mind.
It provides a wide range of services for people across the borough including communities close to the airport, such as Balsall Common, Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Dorridge, Kingshurst, Knowle, Meriden and Smithswood.
Nick Barton, the airport’s chief executive, said: “We understand the effects of our operation on our neighbours and are proud to give something back to the local community.
“With Solihull Mind emerging as the clear winner of our staff vote, mental health is something which resonates with many of our employees.
“We’re excited to be raising awareness of the incredible work of this charity and have some exciting activity in the pipeline.”
Dave Skerrett, chair of the Board of Trustees at Solihull Mind said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to be the charity supported by Birmingham Airport for the next three years.
“We are looking forward to developing the relationship which we anticipate will be hugely beneficial to both organisations and, more importantly, will help us to not only maintain our current services but also enable us to develop and deliver more mental health support for the people of Solihull.”
Through its previous charity partnerships, Birmingham Airport has held large scale events such as an abseil down its head office building, as well as the airport’s midnight runway run, which provided a unique opportunity to run the 3km length of the runway, raising a total of over £15,000.
All 800 employees had the chance to vote for the new charity partner.
For more information on Solihull Mind, please visit www.solihullmind.org.uk
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