In summer 2011, Richard Deakin met with Aerobility CEO Mike Miller- Smith to find out more about the work of the charity. Blown away by Aerobility’s commitment to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to learn to fly, Richard along with support from the NATS Executive decided to nominate Aerobility his charity of the year.
CEO’s charity of the year was launched in September 2011 under the banner of ‘Acting Responsibly’ with a fundraising target of £100,000 to purchase a specially adapted aircraft for the charity. Employees were invited to ‘Do something BIG’ to support the fundraising effort.
Fundraising kicked off with a group of Swanwick Controllers playing out an eye-watering 250 games of tennis in just over 12 hours. The keen tennis players raised an impressive £4,250, getting NATS well on their way to £100,000. Other teams from across NATS also rallied to support the fundraising cause with other events including raffles, bake offs and completing other intense sports challenges.
In just over a month NATS hit an amazing £7,000...
NATS sponsored Aerobility’s annual Aviators Ball, with over 30 of our people attending. The gala event is a key fundraiser for the charity generated around £45,000.
NATS were also present on the selection panel for the prestigious award presented on the night, the Aviators Sword.