Representatives from community groups and charities to benefit from FlightPath Fund support in 2016 were joined by local politicians, Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan and members of her senior management team at a celebratory event held at Paisley Town Hall.
Established in 2010, the FlightPath Fund was set up to provide grant assistance to local organisations working in and around the airport community. Since its inception, the fund has given £1.2 million in donations to over 400 charities and community groups with a focus on improving education and employment, as well as the environment.
The FlightPath Fund committee operates independently of the airport and is chaired by former KPMG senior partner, Archie Hunter. The committee meets every two months and also consists of an elected member or representative from each of the four council areas under the flight path.
Veteran support charity Glen Art was one 70 groups to receive support from the FlightPath Fund this year. The charity applied for funding to help launch its new Bravehound project, which pairs suitable dogs and pups with veterans, particularly those living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), who are in need of companionship.
Veterans who are paired with dogs are given help to train their dogs and receive financial support for costs including dog food, leads, collars, insurance costs and micro-chipping.
Glen Art’s founder Fiona MacDonald, who attended the celebration event at Paisley Town Hall, said: “The award we received from the FlightPath Fund has been a great support in terms of helping establish the Bravehound project.
“Thanks to Glasgow Airport and the FlightPath Fund, the Bravehound project is off to flying start with the purchase of both agility equipment and training sessions. It’s also wonderful to have an opportunity to meet Amanda McMillan and her team, and to thank all of those who make our work with veterans and their families possible."
Archie Hunter, chairman of the FlightPath Fund, said: “Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund has been an important enabler during the last six years to hundreds of charities and groups across the four local authorities.
“I’m pleased to say this has continued in 2016 with the FlightPath Fund providing vital support to a diverse range of organisations including allotment projects, dance troupes, school projects, community improvement groups and charities helping some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“Glen Art is a great example of the projects supported by the FlightPath Fund and the work being carried out by Fiona is both admirable and heartening.
“2016’s end of year event gave our committee members the opportunity to meet with representatives from the groups to benefit from the fund. It was most pleasing to speak to these people who are both passionate about the work they do and grateful for the support they received from the FlightPath Fund.
”Special mention must also go to Glasgow Airport, for which none of the good work represented here today would be possible without its continued commitment to the FlightPath Fund. Managing director Amanda McMillan and her team are to be congratulated.”