Plane sailing for charities thanks to innovative fund at airport

Glasgow Airport's Flightpath fund reached a major milestone  after awarding more than �1 million to over 350 local charities and community groups.
Glasgow Airport's Flightpath fund reached a major milestone after awarding more than �1 million to over 350 local charities and community groups.

Good causes in East

Dunbartonshire are flying high thanks to an innovative charity project based at 
Glasgow Airport.

The FlightPath Fund has handed out a total of £1 million within five years to 350 charities and groups in communities in the area and beyond.

Local charities to benefit include Playing Proud, a music charity set up by East Dunbartonshire woman Ethel Turner.

She received £4,000 to help purchase musical instruments for children from low income families. Many of them are on their way to becoming accomplished musicians after joining school orchestras.

Bearsden Primary School’s Parent Teacher Association received £3,168 from the FlightPath Fund earlier this year to help provide a lunch time sports club to improve fitness and wellbeing across the school.

Mandy Ford from the Parent Teacher Group said: “Feedback from the pupils and parents has been very positive and most importantly 
the children are having great fun!

“We would like to thank Bearsden Councillor Manjinder Shergill and the other members of the committee for supporting our application.”

The PTA joined other community groups, local politicians and Glasgow Airport staff to mark the Flightpath Fund reaching its £1 million charity milestone at 
Kilmardinny House in Bearsden.

Provost Una Walker and Bearsden Councillor 
Manjinder Shergill also 
attended.

Managing Director of 
Glasgow Airport, Amanda McMillan said: “We set up the FlightPath Fund to ensure that the local communities around the airport share in our 
success.

“The fact that it has now surpassed £1 million is testament to the huge amount of energy and enthusiasm that the independent committee puts into operating and managing the fund.

“Five years ago we had no idea how well the fund would be received or how many lives it would touch.

“The committee has helped to shape its fortunes, making the fund the excellent and reputed resource it is today.”

Archie Hunter, chairman of the Fund said: “It is inspiring to see how the Fund has evolved over the past five years.

“It is also very encouraging to hear from some of the groups who have benefitted from the fund since its inception.

“Listening to representatives of these organisations speak passionately about the work they do makes us 
even more determined to 
continue supporting our communities.”