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FLYBE PASSENGERS DIG DEEP FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK

Leading regional airline begins another month-long on board collection for chosen charity partner

 

01 JUNE 2015

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today begins its second month-long on-board collection this year to raise vital research funds for its chosen charity partner, Cancer Research UK.  In February, generous passengers raised over £35,000 boosting the total amount raised by Flybe passengers and staff since 2009 to more than £500,000.

Passengers on all of the airline’s flights operated this month will be invited to make a donation and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. 

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Office, comments: “June marks the start of our second month-long on board collection this year for our charity partner, Cancer Research UK. We hope to exceed the amount so generously donated in February and thank all those passengers who so enthusiastically embrace our fundraising efforts with true purple Flybe passion.  We are extremely grateful to them for their continued support in boosting further our own staff efforts.”

Laura Skinner, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Cancer Research UK, adds: “In February this year, Flybe customers generously donated tens of thousands of pounds in loose change to fund our life-saving work. We’re delighted that Flybe is supporting us again this month and hope to raise even more to support our research and help us beat cancer sooner.

Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its ground-breaking research.  So funds raised through supporters like Flybe and its customers is crucial to the work of the doctors, nurses and scientists who work day and night to fight cancer on all fronts. Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds.*
Cancer Research UK is highlighting its SunSmart campaign this month that seeks to encourage people to enjoy the sun safely by using shade, clothing and at least SPF15 sunscreen.

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Issued by the Flybe press office: T: 0845 675 0681 E: pressoffice@flybe.com

Notes to Editors:

For further information about Cancer Research UK's work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. You can also follow the organization on Twitter and Facebook.  To learn more about SunSmart, visit www.sunsmart.org.uk.

About Flybe
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 178 routes serving 9 countries from 72 departure points, 37 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale May ’15 – Oct ‘15); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Apr ’14 – Mar ‘15); named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Exeter, Inverness, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Mar ’15); operates fleet of 64 aircraft – 47 Bombardier Q400, 6 Embraer 195 & 11 E175; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus and Cathay Pacific; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air; has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

* Flown under the Flybe brand (27 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and four routes and four airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)