[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Flying Start focuses on helping underprivileged young people have a better start in life. During flights customers are encouraged to donate any spare currency they may have. Alongside customer donations, our colleagues raise hundreds of thousands of pounds every year.
Since the partnership launched in 2010, Flying Start has raised more than £26 million and helped more than 863,000 children and young people in the UK and overseas. For example, they have helped to provide vaccinations to 100,000 children in countries across Sub Saharan Africa, protecting them from potentially deadly disease, supported over 1,000 children forced to live on the streets in India with access to healthcare and informal education, and provided support to more than 2,700 young carers across the UK with improved wellbeing and life skills.
In addition, in times of crisis internationally and in the UK, British Airways works with partners including the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and the British Red Cross, to ensure that vital relief gets to where it’s needed as quickly as possible, helping to save lives and rebuild communities.
In September 2021, we announced a new BA Better World Community Fund to further the positive work they do within the UK and global communities in their network. The new BA Better World Community Fund began this year, delivering life-changing opportunities in the communities they serve, supporting projects that deliver benefits for climate, communities, our colleagues and nature.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]