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Flybe dedicates aircraft to inspirational Shetland Community Hero

24th November 2017

  • Airlines honour local fundraiser’s unsung community contribution during plane naming ceremony


Shetland fundraiser Sharon Deyell is flying high having been honoured today (24th November 2017) as the Islands’ first ever Flybe Community Hero during an award ceremony attended by her friends and family. Her name now holds pride of place on one of the aircraft serving Sumburgh operated by Eastern Airways on behalf of Flybe, providing constant recognition of her outstanding dedication to community volunteering activities to those flying to and from Shetland.

Sharon was nominated for the Community Hero Award by Elizabeth Nicholson who detailed her inspirational volunteer work, incredible fundraising drive and impressive community spirit: ‘Sharon is selfless and always volunteers to help with anything you need and is so organised and kind. The list of things she does is endless’.  Amongst her many achievement, she has raised thousands of pounds over the past 10 years by holding swapshops to support various charities. She is also a very active presence in the community, in particular with Bixter and Skeld Halls.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer, presented Sharon with her well-deserved Award at a special VIP breakfast held at the Sunburgh Hotel before the guests moved on to Sumburgh airport where the newly crowned Community Hero came face to face with her own named aircraft for the first time. Her prize also included complimentary flights and overnight accommodation for two on a route of her choosing from Shetland on those operated on behalf of Flybe by Eastern Airways.

Mr Matheson commented; “Flybe proudly supports the local communities we serve and so we are delighted to recognise Sharon for being an outstanding and inspirational local community hero who continually goes above and beyond by giving up so much of her time to others. 

“I would like to thank all those who sent in such outstanding nominations – it is clear that Shetland has more than its share of selfless individuals who go the extra mile to support their communities in so many different ways. As such, it was not an easy decision but Sharon is a remarkably energetic champion for numerous causes and she is a worthy winner.”

Sharon added; “When Flybe called me to tell me I had won I was really shocked, to be honest it still hasn’t sunk in. It’s very strange to see my own name up on the side of an aircraft but I’m really thrilled.”

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