Airport Staff to take on Run the Runways challenge

Staff at Aberdeen International Airport, Glasgow Airport and Southampton Airport are to take on a 31-day challenge throughout December.

They will walk or run a different UK airport runway length each day throughout the month for Aviation Action.

Robert Paterson, David Hindson, Roslynn Hay, Ronald Leitch, Gemma Young, Nigel Spence and Amy Le Vieux will take on first fundraising challenge by Aviation Action.

The seven will tackle the 1,953m length of Aberdeen’s runway on December 5, 1,723m of Southampton’s runway on December 23, the 2,658m for the Glasgow length on December 29 as well as other lengths throughout December.

However, on Christmas Day, those taking part have the challenge of covering the 3,003m runway of Rovaniemi Lapland.

Aviation Action is a mental health and support charity specifically for aviation industry colleagues.

The charity has been set up to offer vital assistance to people who have worked in the aviation industry within the UK.

Run by an amazing team of volunteers Aviation Action aims to offer hundreds and thousands of aviation colleagues get back on their feet if they are facing difficult times both personal or professionally.

Robert Paterson, from Aberdeen International Airport, said: “It has been an incredibly difficult year for aviation, so we wanted to help those in need by taking part in this challenge.

“It is great we are able to join aviation colleagues across the country also taking part.”

Ronald Leitch, who is taking on the challenge from Glasgow Airport, said: “I’m delighted to be taking part, it’s a creative way to raise funds and also awareness of the outstanding support provided by Aviation Action, helping many from within the aviation industry impacted by the pandemic.”

Gemma Young from Southampton Airport said: “This challenge will help benefit those in need throughout the aviation industry thanks to the work done by Aviation Action.

“I’m looking forward to being part of Run the Runways.”

Chris Wild, Founder of Aviation Action said; “Aviation Action wanted to create an event that would raise awareness of the charity whilst promoting exercise to improve our supporter’s wellbeing.

“We are delighted that all AGS airports are getting involved and  we are really thankful to them for helping us raise funds which will be put directly into supporting our colleagues in the aviation industry who are experiencing one of the most challenging years in their careers.”

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