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 and this year our three chosen charities are TravelCare, Chestnut Tree House 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:
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. Read more.
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.
Chestnut Tree House
Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and cares for almost 300 children and their families. It offers families a home-from-home environment providing high quality specialist palliative care and support to children with progressive life-limiting conditions.
Chestnut Tree House also provides support for the whole family, offering psychological support, care following bereavement, end of life and respite care and sibling support.
Families are never charged for their care at Chestnut Tree House which depends on the generosity of the public, local organisations, their network of friends groups and fundraising events and activities to help raise the balance needed to maintain the high standard of care and comfort they provide.
This independent registered charity has served alongside Gatwick's Terminals team to assist troubled passengers since 1986.
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
Every two minutes someone in the UK is told they have cancer. As the population grows and ages, the number of cases continues to rise.
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.