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Flybe Extends CRUK Connection with Support of Relay For Life Shetland 2018

27th November 2017

  • Airline announces sponsorship of UK’s largest Relay for Life event as part of its long term support of chosen charity partner Cancer Research UK


Flybe has announced it is to be the main sponsor partner of Cancer Research UK’s Relay for Life Shetland 2018, the UK’s largest Relay For Life event held every two years and that, in 2015, attracted over 1,500 participants.


Cancer Research UK has been the airline’s chosen charity partner for nine years and, with the start of three new routes to Sumburgh operated on its behalf by Eastern Airways in September, ‘the relationship was a natural one just waiting to happen’, commented Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer at the launch concert held last week (23rd November 2017) at the Garrison Theatre in Lerwick.


“Flybe is delighted to have this opportunity to support next year’s Cancer Research UK Relay for Life Shetland. It is a perfect way for us to extend naturally our long established partnership with the charity and, at the same time, further show our commitment to Shetland. Flybe works closely to contribute wherever possible to the local communities it serves and our extensive regional network specialises in connecting people and places. Cancer Research UK’s Relay For Life year-round fund-raising challenges bring communities together to beat cancer. The Shetland fundraising committee does fantastic work here to make their own Relay so hugely successful and we look forward to working with them to help make 2018 their best one ever!”


Martin Henderson, Relay For Life Shetland Event Chair added: “We’re really delighted to have Flybe as the main sponsor for Relay For Life Shetland 2018. Their support will be a great boost to the event which moves back to Clickimin in 2018.”


Since Flybe started supporting Cancer Research UK as its sole designated charity partner in 2008, passengers and staff have together raised £750,000 to support its life saving work to beat cancer. This has been raised through onboard collections and general fundraising activity, led by the enthusiasm and dedication of Flybe’s own volunteer charity champions, the majority of which are all crew members at the airline’s regional bases.


Last year Cancer Research UK spent over £34 million a year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research. In Aberdeen, Cancer Research UK scientists are researching proteins in cells that make sure our DNA does not become damaged, and is copied without mistakes when cells divide. Understanding how these proteins can go wrong may help develop new ways to treat cancer in the future.


Relay for Life Shetland 2018 culminates in a fun day and night of celebration on 26th and 27th May, 2018 at the Clickimin Leisure Complex, Lerwick.