NATS CEO and Fareham MP present donation to local charity

29 September 2014

Leading air traffic services provider NATS recently (19 September) presented a donation to the Rainbow Centre in Fareham on behalf of Mark Hoban, the MP for Fareham.

NATS CEO, Richard Deakin and Mr Hoban visited the Centre to present the donation to Lara Bull, the Centre’s Director.

The Rainbow Centre was selected by Mr Hoban for the donation following a competition in the Houses of Parliament to test if MPs had the necessary skills required to become air traffic controllers.

Richard Deakin said: “I am delighted to present this donation, on behalf of NATS, to the Rainbow Centre today. I am grateful to Mark for introducing us to the Centre and it was a pleasure to visit and to see the great work they do. I would like to thank Lara for facilitating the visit and I hope that this donation can help further deliver the vital services that are provided by the Centre’s team every day.

“At our event in Parliament, Mark showed that if he ever got bored of a career in politics, then a career in air traffic control is a real possibility! Mark is a great ambassador for our region and a fantastic supporter of NATS and we are delighted to have him as one of our local MPs.”

Mark Hoban and Richard Deakin with Lara Bull at the Rainbow Centre

Mark Hoban and Richard Deakin with Lara Bull at the Rainbow Centre

Mark Hoban MP said: “NATS and the Rainbow Centre are great examples of the excellent work that happens in Fareham. Both are leaders in their field and I am very proud of my links to them. The Rainbow Centre is leading the way in transforming the lives of children and adults affected by cerebral palsy, strokes, MS and Parkinson’s. NATS has a global reputation for air traffic services and is a great British success story.

The Rainbow Centre is almost wholly reliant on fundraising for its work and I am grateful to NATS for its generous donation to support their work. I do hope that this is the start of a great relationship between two success stories based in Fareham.”

Lara Bull, Rainbow Centre Director said: “I was absolutely delighted when I heard that Mark Hoban had chosen us as the charity to receive his prize money. As many people will know we launched a crisis appeal earlier this year and thanks to the wonderful support of our region we have been able to remain open – in fact with the increased awareness, our numbers of adults and children have increased. The money shall be divided between both services across the five disabilities we support – Cerebral Palsy, MS, Parkinson’s, stroke and head injuries – as we receive no statutory funding for either, so this was a lovely surprise.”

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