Our members asked us to find and support a charity and the 54th Annual Delegates Conference unanimously passed a motion to:
“Establish an ATCOs’ Branch charity campaign. This campaign would encourage members to donate up to £300 per year to the Branch Charity Fund. The BEC may also approach NATS management for support in this campaign. Each year the ADC will be consulted on how to use the year’s fund.”
A great amount of time was spent choosing the charity to support, one which would resonate with our members. We found it in Aerobility.
In 2011 we met Mike Miller-Smith for the first time. The Branch were completely hooked by his enthusiasm for the work that Aerobility do. The challenge to raise £100,000 to buy the charity a new aircraft was conceived shortly afterwards along with a year of BIG events ending with the BIG weekend at Goodwood in June of this year. We approached NATS for support and, as a result, Richard Deakin, CEO NATS, named Aerobility as his Charity of the Year.
For futher information on Aerobility and the fantastic work that they do you please visit the Aeobility website.
With further support from the whole Executive the entire company has got behind the fund raising with ‘Big’ events such as The Big Game, The Big Cycle, The Big Swim and The Big Tour.
The Big Pull
The culmination of the huge efforts was The Big Pull event at Goodwood. Teams from all over NATS took part in a timed sprint, pulling a Harvard down the home straight of Goodwood race track and back again.
All the events demanded a great amount of effort and were extreemly well supported ensuring that we not only reached the £100,000 target but smashed through it to the point of raising over £150,000.
During Aerobility’s Global Flight Simulator event at their Blackbushe headquarters it was fantastic to be able to finally hand over the aircraft that our members had given so much for.