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London Southend Airport donates over £15K to SECE Mind

London Southend Airport has donated over £15,000 to charity partner, South East and Central Essex (SECE) Mind from its festive fundraising event on the runway. 

The target of £5,000 was far exceeded to achieve the staggering £15,015 total which will be awarded to SECE Mind to continue their valuable work and specifically support the development of their Nelsons Gate Project, which provides supervised residential housing for adults with a mental health condition who are unable to cope with living independently.

The funds were achieved via donations, ticket sales and sponsorship for participants in the Mental ‘elf’ runway event via a dedicated Just Giving page (£7,515). £5,000 of this was then match funded by the airport’s parent company, Esken, and a further £2,500 donation from onsite private Covid test provider, Prenetics. 

Over 50 members of the public joined airport employees in an attempt to complete 54 miles – the SECE Mind boundary around the South East and central Essex area.This target was also exceeded with a total of over 393 miles recorded. 

Caroline Grant, CEO, SECE Mind, “The donation will make a huge difference to the charity, as a regional Mind we rely so heavily on fundraising which was made more challenging due to the pandemic. The Mental elf event was a huge success, and it was a truly unique experience to join participants on the runway to help raise awareness of mental health. We would like to take this opportunity to thank London Southend Airport and all participants and supporters who helped achieve this fantastic result”. 

Glyn Jones, CEO London Southend Airport, “Our charity partnership with SECE Mind has offered valuable opportunities to raise awareness of mental health which is more important than ever in light of the pandemic. We look forward to building on this great work to deliver further campaigns for both airport employees and the community”. 

Images available here.

Please see image credits via the link – majority to credit Photographer Patrick Crowley who kindly donated his services for the event.

About London Southend Airport

London Southend Airport, ranked the best London airport by consumer group Which? six times and voted the best UK airport (under three million capacity) by the Airport Operator’s Association in 2019. 

Serving close to 2.3 million passengers in 2019, London Southend offered services to around 40 domestic and European cities. The terminal has its own railway station, less than 100 paces from the main entrance, with up to six trains an hour at peak times to central London, taking just 52 minutes to Liverpool Street and 43 minutes from Stratford. All airport car parks are located minutes from the terminal entrance.