This year, we have recognised the charitable work of colleagues and customers at Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, who were named as our Corporate Partner of the Year.
Colleagues and customers of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have raised over £100,000 for Hope for Children since 2010, and this achievement and long-standing relationship was recognised at The Hope Ball 2017 in London. A number of initiatives have contributed to the total, including donations by customers through on board scratch cards, as well as colleague activities including dress down Fridays, charity skydives, the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, sponsored runs and charity bike rides.
Colleagues working in the company’s headquarters in Leeds are also getting ready to take part in a Christmas Jumper Day on 20th December 2017, with all the money raised going towards our Head Held High appeal, which will be doubled.
The Head Held High Appeal will run until 23rd December 2017, with the appeal raising funds for vulnerable children in Africa who are being denied their basic right to education. Through the UK Aid Match scheme, every pound donated or raised during the appeal, will be matched by the Government – and this includes Jet2.com and Jet2holidays’ Christmas Jumper Day.
Steve Heapy, CEO, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays: “We are very proud to be recognised as Corporate Partner of the Year by Hope for Children. Our colleagues are passionate about our long-term support for this fantastic charity, and thanks to their generosity as well as the kindness of our customers, we have been able to raise over £100,000. We will be doing everything we can to encourage donations for the Head Held High Appeal, as the pound for pound matching by the UK Government will make a huge difference.”
Murielle Maupoint, CEO, Hope for Children: “We are so grateful to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays for their years of commitment and support. The Corporate Partner of the Year Award was more competitive than ever before in 2017, and we felt the unwavering enthusiasm and passion of colleagues and customers to support our life-changing work gave them the edge. And it’s wonderful to see that they are carrying this into the festive period in support of our Head Held High Appeal. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who continues to make this such a successful partnership.”
The Head Held High Appeal will raise funds to transform the lives of at least 1,500 children living in poverty by ensuring they have access to a quality education. Without an education, children as young as 6 years are often forced to work in fields, pick scraps or are exposed to the daily dangers of wandering the streets or slums they live in.
Government match funding will support the charity’s education based projects in remote, northern Ghana. In this region, children are 4 times more likely to be out of school than the rest of the country, and a shocking 1 in 5 are still involved in hazardous forms of child labour.
The Head Held High Appeal will fund activities including providing school books and uniforms, as well as running teacher training programmes to improve the quality of education available – only 53% of teachers have any formal training in Ghana.
As a result of these simple solutions, thousands of disadvantaged children will have the opportunity to break free from poverty and live their life with their head held high. Funds raised by the Appeal will also be used to support the charity’s education projects in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.