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Leading regional airline to hold on board collections on February 4th in support of charity partner, Cancer Research UK

2nd February 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, will be collecting on-board donations from passengers to mark World Cancer Day on 4th February. All funds will be donated to the airline’s charity partner of over seven years, Cancer Research UK.

Each person who donates on board the 400+ regional flights operated by Flybe on the day will be offered a Cancer Research UK Unity Band. The reef knot Unity Band is a symbol of World Cancer Day and represents people connecting and coming together; a simple message of strength and unity.

Saad Hammad, CEO at Flybe, said: “We’re proud to mark World Cancer Day in support of our long-standing charity partner, Cancer Research UK. Cancer has touched so many friends, loved ones and colleagues and affects so many people. This is our first collection of the year and our staff will also be contributing to this worthy cause at our 10 bases throughout the UK.”

World Cancer Day aims to unite the world’s population in the fight against cancer, and to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. 

Mr Hammad also announced that, following customer requests, all Flybe flights will now carry collection envelopes year round, giving passengers the opportunity to donate their loose change to Cancer Research UK at any time.

He adds: “I’d once again like to thank our passengers who continue to enthusiastically embrace our fundraising efforts with the same passion that we have. We are extremely grateful to them for their ongoing support.”
Since establishing its partnership with Cancer Research UK, Flybe has raised more than £540,000 for its chosen charity.


For further press information please contact the Flybe press office: T: 0845 675 0681 
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Notes to Editors:
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 194 routes serving 10 countries from 72 departure points, 37 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale Jan ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Dec ’14 – Nov‘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, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports(UK CAA Nov’15);operates fleet of75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 71% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Nov ’15); 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 (31 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)