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London Heathrow Airport raises funds for the DofE

Heathrow Airport has announced that it will be supporting The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Diamond Challenge, and the support is already under way, with a selection of Heathrow Airport staff abseiling down the inside of the airport’s Terminal 5 building.

London Heathrow Airport aims to raise thousands of pounds for The Duke of Edinburgh Award, which is a registered charity, through a series of fundraising activities. Over 150 of the airport staff have opted into the FITBIT Challenge, which is an event in which employees will run, walk, cycle or row the distance between Heathrow Airport and one of its many worldwide destinations. They will have until June 2016 to complete the challenge, which will see them totalling over 400,000 miles between them all.

This year marks The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme’s 60th anniversary, after it was founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. Each year, The Duke of Edinburgh Award helps to develop over 300,000 young people’s life skills through a series of immersive community engagement and adventure expeditions. By learning invaluable practical life skills, the young people, who are aged between 14 and 24 develop through determination, commitment and tenacity, which are all important traits for prospective employers.

John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport said:

“We are proud to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, because it helps young people to fulfil their potential. This year we are encouraging people of all ages from across the Heathrow community to do the same by taking part in a Diamond Challenge. ”