British Airways hosted a star-studded event at the British Museum on Thursday 19 November, hosted by Lenny Henry and Claudia Winkleman, to celebrate raising over £17 million for Comic Relief through its Flying Start partnership.
Comedians Russell Kane and Andy Parsons performed to guests, which included celebrity supporters; James Nesbitt, Gary Lineker, Shane Richie, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Alexander Armstrong. The event was also hosted by British Airways’ chairman and chief executive Alex Cruz and attended by customers and Comic Relief project workers that the airline wanted to thank.
British Airways launched Flying Start with Comic Relief in 2010 to raise money to help children living incredibly tough lives in the UK and around the world.
Alex Cruz said, “We are delighted to have raised £17 million for Comic Relief through Flying Start, and I would like to thank the generosity of our customers and dedicated fundraisers at British Airways. I’m looking forward to visiting one of the projects that Comic Relief is supporting in South Africa later this month.”
The £17 million that British Airways has raised since it started in 2010 has helped Comic Relief fund projects in the UK and around the world. Just a few of the organisations funded by Comic Relief grants include:
- Body and Soul: A UK organisation providing innovative services for vulnerable young people who are affected by HIV.
- Boxgirls (Laureus Sport for Good Foundation): A Kenyan organisation offering girls the opportunity to participate in boxing, learn about their rights and develop skills in money management, entrepreneurship and leadership.
- Butterflies (Childhope): An Indian organisation working with vulnerable street and working children. They deliver programs that include healthcare, information education and support for young people in vocational training and enterprise.
In celebration of the sum raised, British Airways has created an infographic to show 17 items that Comic Relief provides all over the world.
Funds have been raised through onboard collections, online donations and the option to give when purchasing flights and holidays online.
Through Comic Relief, Flying Start has been able to support tens of thousands of children, in projects across the world.