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Adopted Charities

The airport receives a great many requests for fund raising donations and sponsorship. Whilst these causes may be very worthy of support, it is not possible to help all of them so the management has therefore adopted a policy of adopting one Airport Charity of the Year.

Exeter International Airport is able to offer the Charity of the Year the opportunity to place coin collection 'tins' at various locations and it is hoped that the travelling public will give generously when passing through the airport.  Members of staff are also encouraged to support the charity with fundraising activities.

If a charity wishes to be considered for the position of the Airport's Charity of the Year for next year a proposal should be sent to:

The Communications Manager
Airport Charity
Exeter Airport
Exeter EX5 2BD

Adopted Charity 2012

FORCE Cancer Charity
FORCE Cancer Charity has played a vital role in local cancer services for nearly 25 years. The charity holds the belief that anyone diagnosed with cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home. Their work finances improvements in patient care through research, the purchase of advanced equipment and the Cancer Support and Information Centre located in the grounds of the RD&E Hospital.
FORCE, Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, was first registered as a charity in 1987: Charity Number 1140676
FORCE Cancer Charity
Corner House
Barrack Road
01392 406151 (patient support) or 01392 402875 (fund-raising)

Adopted Charity 2011

Help for Heroes

The return of over one hundred 40 Commando personnel from Afghanistan on 6 October 2010 marked the launch of Exeter Airport’s charity of the year for 2011; Help for Heroes.

An Airbus A340-300, one of the largest aircraft to use the airport in its 70 year history, touched down at 2pm bringing home the first contingent of 120 troops returning to the South West in the month.  Following their tour of duty in Afghanistan, the first of two flights from Cyprus arrived with the men of 40 Commando who were met by Major Bulmer OC Rear Party 40Cdo, Deputy Vice Admiral Ibbotson and Colonel White Deputy Commander 3Cdo.

Exeter Airport’s Managing Director Jamie Christon (right) greeted the returning troops together with the H4H County Co-ordinator David Gammell and officially announced the airport’s intention to fund-raise for the charity which supports the men and women of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of the country.

Mr Christon, expressing his admiration for those who have been involved in the conflict, said: “The airport supports one major charity for a twelve month period and many of our members of staff were keen to adopt Help for Heroes as the charity for 2011.

“We are very pleased to play a part in encouraging passengers and staff to raise funds for the projects which can make a real difference to the lives of our wounded heroes.”

Mr Gammell welcomed the association with the airport and said: “Exeter Airport plays an important role in dealing with the troop flights to and from the UK and we are very pleased with the promise of support for our charity in 2011.”

Adopted Charity 2009/10

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support’s ambition is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer. There are currently 2 million people living with cancer in the UK today. 1 in 3 people will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetime.
Macmillan provides medical, financial and emotional support for people affected by cancer. 

Macmillan have been clinical nurse specialists for over 30 years and Macmillan funds a range of health professionals, such as clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, dietitians, pharmacists and physiotherapists. Macmillan also has a helpline where people can get answers to questions about cancer types and treatment from trained nurses: 0800 808 1234.

Macmillan funds advisers across the UK and a benefits advice line where people can get free financial advice and support: 0800 500 800. Macmillan also provides grants to people who are in desperate need of assistance.

In addition, people can get support from one of Macmillans’ helplines. 0808 808 2020 is manned by trained advisers who can talk through questions and concerns about living with cancer. For younger people aged 12-21 there is also a Youthline on 0808 800 0800. Over 2 million people visit Macmillan’s website: and find the ‘Share’ section to be a real support and a place where you can talk to other people going through a similar experience.

Macmillan raise money in a variety of ways, including big fundraising events such as World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, many wonderful walks and through the support of partners like Exeter Airport. 

Adopted Charity 2008

Stroke Association

Every year, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke. Most people affected are over 65, but anyone can have a stroke, including children and even babies.

A stroke is the third most common cause of death in the UK. It is also a leading cause of severe adult disability. More than 250,000 people live with disabilities caused by stroke.

It could happen to you, or someone you care for. If it does, you'll want to know as much as you can about strokes.

This section of the website tells you all about strokes - what causes them, the effects that they can have, how they can be prevented and how they are treated. It also tells you how The Stroke Association can help you if stroke affects your life.

Stroke clubs
Follow the links below to find out more about stroke clubs in the South West:

The launch of the 2008 Charity of the Year fundraising activity was on 10 January 2008 when Jamie Christon, Deputy Managing Director (left) and Jon Barrick, Chief Executive of The Stroke Association demonstrated one of the charity's activities for the airport. Blood pressure is a good indicator of health and during the year the airport will be helping the charity to raise awareness of strokes with blood pressure sessions for both passengers and staff. Jamie Christon said: “Stroke is the third biggest killer and a leading cause of adult disability and the airport is in an ideal position to help publicise the charity.”

Strokes can be prevented through lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet - particularly reducing salt intake, drinking alcohol in moderation, not smoking and taking regular exercise.

Jon Barrick said: “We are delighted to be working with Exeter Airport in 2008. It offers us a great opportunity to raise awareness of stroke and to highlight the services available to people affected by stroke across the South West of England. The Stroke Association relies on voluntary donations in order to continue the work, so the generous support of the airport and its passengers is greatly appreciated.”

Every year, an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke, which affects people of all ages. New treatments and ways of helping people are available and it is vital that action is taken to reduce death and disability. Mr Barrick went on to say; “Stroke is the number one cause of severe long term disability and the third most common cause of death in the UK. In England alone, more than 900,000 survivors live a life after stroke, many with profound disabilities.”

Adopted Charity 2007


Hospiscare is a local hospice charity offering high quality care and support to people with life-threatening illnesses and those close to them. They also employ specialised nurses in the community throughout Exeter, mid and east Devon.

The charity is extending the hospice in Exeter with a £1.3m project to improve facilities for patients and their families. The recent extension of the building, which took seven months to complete, has accommodation for relatives who are now able to stay close to their loved ones in new home-from-home accommodation.

In 2007 the work continues with projects to extend and improve the facilities to patients and carers who visit the hospice for special care and treatment. With the help of supporters, the charity will be able to provide a new complementary therapy room for use by day patients, carers and bereaved family members. The volunteer therapists will be able to give more people relaxing treatments when they have more space. Fifteen patients a day will benefit from these new facilities, with their carers safe in the knowledge that they have the best care whilst they have a break.

Patients from all across Exeter, mid and east Devon are secure in the knowledge that the hospice is there to provide emergency relief from distressing symptoms such as pain or breathing difficulties. If symptoms prove too difficult to control at home, patients are admitted to the 12-bed in-patient unit at the hospice in Exeter where there is round the clock nursing and medical care. The nurse to patient ratio is very high, so staff have time to offer a high level of support.

Hospiscare's chaplain is based at the hospice, and he gives spiritual support to patients and their carers. It is a relief to patients to know that trained volunteers can support family and carers in their bereavement.

Founded for the local community, Hospiscare is an independent charity which relies on the generosity of local people to raise most of the £3.5m a year needed to deliver their service. To complete phase two and make Hospiscare ready to face another 25 years, Hospiscare needs to raise £500,000. 

Adopted Charity 2006

Vranch House

The charity's objects and principal activities continues to be those of:

  • Promoting and providing facilities for the care, education, training, treatment and welfare in their respective aspects of handicapped people.
  • Advising, helping or catering for the needs of the parents or others having the care of handicapped people.

The core activities arising from these aims are the education of children with physical difficulties from the age of 2 to 12 at Vranch House School in Exeter and the provision of paediatric therapy and clinical treatment to children as outpatients at locations throughout Devon.

Adopted Charity 2005

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has been chosen as Exeter International Airport's “Charity of the Year” and the 12 months of fund raising, started in National Guide Dogs Week, with an official launch of the alliance on Friday 8 October 2004.

At the ceremony, Geoff Myers, airport's airport’s Managing Director, officially placed a number of life size model collection dogs and counter boxes in prominent positions with Geraldine Tracey, fund raising fundraising coordinator for Devon and Somerset.

Geraldine was also be introduced to airport's airport’s Security team, who suggested the sponsorship and who will play a major part in obtaining funds.

The airport is sponsoring a guide dog puppy called “Sharps”, who will make its public appearance when training commences. Much of the £5,000 required to sponsor “Sharps” will be raised from donations that the public make to reclaim sharp implements not allowed in aircraft cabins. This service carries a fee and all the money goes to the airport's charity of the year.

Mrs Tracey said; “We are delighted that Exeter International Airport has chosen Guide Dogs as their Charity of the Year. What makes this extra special is airport's airport’s sponsorship of a puppy who in the future will make a huge difference to a person's person’s life. The sponsorship money raised will be used to pay for the 18 month training period, including the payment of vets bills, food and toys.”

The announcement highlights airport's airport’s increased awareness of its responsibility to blind and partially sighted travellers, in light of recent amendments to the Disability Discrimination Act.

Shades Day on 21 June 2005 was the Dog's Dogs' fund raising fundraising and awareness initiative. The event was an fantastic opportunity to do something different, wear shades, have fun and help raise awareness of eye health and the sun.

Those taking part made a minimum donation of £1 to wear their shades on Shades Day. Having fun was what makes Shades Day such a great event but it does have a serious side too. People were made aware of the needs of those who are blind or have partial sight.

Sharps, the Guide Dog funded by users of the airport, also joined in the activities at the front of the terminal wearing a pair of sunglasses on his nose. His visit to the airport coincided with both Shades Day and the attainment of the £5,000 in contributions. The sum, which was reached in the first six months of the airport's association with the charity, and was enough to cover the expenses in the early stages of the dog's life through to training. Funding for a second dog continued until the end of 2005.

Tsunami 2005

Following the tsunami in south east Asia the airport sent a charity donation of £1,000 to the Disasters and Emergency Committee.

The DEC plans to spend up to £190 million in 2006, this will include more than 20,000 permanent houses, which will house around 100,000 men, women and children. Over ten thousand of the new homes will be in Indonesia, which was worst affected by the tsunami. Over six thousand will be in India, nearly three thousand in Sri Lanka and over a thousand spread across the other tsunami-hit countries. A major focus will be livelihoods.

Adopted Charity 2004

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust

The image of the bright red helicopter flying, often in remote areas, has a special place in the hearts and minds of the people of Devon. It is something that everyone in the county instantly recognises and approves of. Indeed, it is part of the county's identity and is the subject of thousands of fundraising fund raising, big and small, private and corporate to ensure it keeps flying. This is an important year for the charity as it looks forward to the delivery of a new helicopter which will be based here at Exeter International Airport. That is one of the reasons we have chosen the Devon Air Ambulance Trust as our charity for this year. We hope that you can help us in ensuring that DAAT meet it's fund raising targets this year.

Adopted Charity 2003

BIBC - British Institute for Brain Injured Children

During 2003, we were committed to supporting the British Institute for Brain Injured Children. The charity benefited substantially benefit from a full twelve-month's help.

Many of us take learning for granted. From birth we discover new skills and develop a fuller understanding of the world around us. For children with a learning difficulty this process isn't so easy. It can be difficult for them to make sense of the things others take for granted. BIBIC exists to help these children reach their full potential and live a fulfilling and personally more rewarding life. BIBIC's involvement also benefits carers too. Here's how....

Whatever the cause of a child's learning difficulties the effects are still profound. Working with parents and carers, BIBIC offers a valuable support system which offers time to talk, expert advice and practical help.

Individual programmes are produced to improve the quality of life for the whole family unit. Therapists teach the child's parents or carers how to help their child with a carefully tailored holistic programme combining physical exercise and activities, sensory stimulation, individual learning programmes and a comprehensive nutrition programme.

Progress is carefully monitored and programmes are adjusted as and when necessary.