The chaplaincy team of Keith Banks, Jim McDonald and Stephen Baker, supported by Glasgow Airport’s staff and passengers, have been raising vital funds throughout the year to help the nation’s heart charity continue funding life-saving science and to help locals affected by heart disease.
Staff donations were made in various ways last year including book sales, raffles, sponsored challenges and a ‘Wear Something Red to Work’ day, while passengers also dug deep through a series of collection days.
Chaplain Keith Banks, who presented the cheque to the charity at a special Christmas service attended by the Salvation Army Band, said: “We selected British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland due to the incredible work the charity is doing to fund research into combatting heart disease, one of the country’s biggest killers.
“One of BHF Scotland’s main areas of focus is education and to support this Glasgow Airport also invested in 10 CPR training kits which have been very popular with staff and has allowed us to train even more of our people as potential lifesavers.
“I am very grateful to everyone who helped us reach this fantastic total. It is reminder of the incredible depth of goodwill that exists amongst the 5000 people who work at the airport.”
James Cant, Director of BHF Scotland, said: “This is a fantastic Christmas present from Glasgow Airport’s staff and passengers and our heartfelt thanks go to Keith, Jim and Stephen for choosing to support the nation’s heart charity.
“Money that’s raised and donated to us is enabling scientists to carry out pioneering research at our BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Glasgow into conditions like heart failure, stroke and hypertension. Every pound raised by Glasgow Airport is helping us to find new, life-saving diagnoses and treatments that will benefit people across Scotland if not the world.
“Not only that, thanks to learning CPR, airport staff now have the skills themselves that could save a life if someone suffers a cardiac arrest. It’s really reassuring to know that such vital help would be at hand for staff, passengers and loved ones at home.”