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Vote for the London Luton Airport Charity Partner for 2016 and 2017

We are committed to supporting local charities and would like your help to choose our Charity Partner for 2016 and 2017 and help to make a real difference in the community.

Please take a few moments to read about the six shortlisted charities below and click the button to vote for the charity of your choice. The one that receives the most votes will become our Charity Partner. Please note, you can only vote once.

Voting closes at midday on Monday 30th November 2015. The winning charity will be announced in January 2016.

Click here to view voting Terms & Conditions



Leaving Care is Tough…

"I don't have anyone. I don't have anyone to turn to" - Mark, 18

Imagine doing your GSCEs whilst living in squalid B&B accommodation, making your own meals, and paying bills, let alone getting to school on time. You have no support, no-one who loves you – you are on your own.

Sadly this is the reality for many young people today.

But we will be there when no one else is.

  • 62% of children are in care because of neglect or abuse
  • 66% of children in care suffer from emotional or mental health issues
  • Every year, around 12,000 young people leave the care system - not because they are ready, but because their age dictates it.

Aged just 16-18, this is a difficult time for a vulnerable group, left to cope alone before they are remotely ready to face life in the adult world.

Barnardo's know that without an adequate support network, on a low income and with limited qualifications, Care Leavers often quickly fall into desperate situations.

Homeless, exploited, isolated - these are real outcomes for Care Leavers.

But with your support, and that of London Luton Airport, Barnardo's will be there to help.

We provide practical help – cooking lessons, financial guidance, and we can provide emergency accommodation. We address the childhood trauma often experienced, we help them keep their lives on track, and provide vital, intensive one-to-one support.

You can choose to transform young lives, choose Care Leavers. Vote for Barnardo's.



This year 1 in 5 boys in Luton left primary school unable to read well. Starting secondary school in this position can have devastating consequences for a child’s entire life. Poor literacy is strongly linked to truancy, educational underachievement, youth offending, unemployment, poverty, adult criminality and poor health:

  • 70% of pupils excluded from school have difficulties in basic literacy
  • 60% of the prison population have difficulties with basic literacy skills

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity. We believe that no child should be left behind to suffer the severe effects of poor literacy. Our model is simple and effective. Beanstalk’s volunteer reading helpers go into local schools to work one-to-one with the same child twice a week for an entire school year. Together, they read, play and talk. Our intervention makes a real difference to these children’s lives and our latest report shows that 93% of children we support make progress in reading attainment.

Sadly, children from low-income families are twice as likely to fail to reach the basic expected level of reading by the age of 11. A third of children in Luton live in poverty. This year we hope to significantly expand our work in Luton schools to reach the children who are most in need of our support. With your help we can ensure that more local children do not get left behind at this critical stage of their education.

"Lynne has showed me books are fun. I can read like everyone else now."

East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance

Instantly recognisable against the backdrop of the East Anglia sky are the two bright yellow helicopters of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Flying at speeds of 145 knots (167mph) to incidents around the 4 counties of East Anglia within 20 minutes, during the day and night enabling our highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics to 'Save Lives'.

On board the state of the art EC145 helicopter, this is capable of carrying two flight crew, three clinicians and a patient, along with all of the equipment usually found in an accident and emergency department. With the skills of the clinical team on board, the Charity essentially takes the hospital to the patient and critical life saving work on seriously ill patients can begin at the scene of an incident rather than waiting until they arrive at a hospital.

The skills of the clinicians also allows them to make decisions about the best place to take the patient, for instance to the nearest hospital or a specialist unit. The aims, to reduce time on scene as much as possible, continue medical intervention on board and get patients into hospital safely and quickly.

The cost of each mission is £2800 and flying on average 4 – 5 missions per day 365 days a year, the Charity is required to raise £10.6m per year. With no government or NHS funding we rely solely on the support from individual supporters and corporate entities like yourselves.

We need you today. You may need us tomorrow. Together we SAVE LIVES.

Make Some Noise

Global's Make Some Noise

Global's Make Some Noise is a charity that helps to change young lives.

All across the UK there are small but brilliant projects supporting youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity, in their local communities. These projects are often operating on a shoestring, or tackling an issue that is little understood. They find it hard to get heard, so, as the official charity of 8 of the biggest radio stations in the UK, reaching an audience of 23 million people, we shine a spotlight on these projects and raise money for their incredible work.

Your money will fund initiatives such as confidence-building workshops for teenagers with cancer across the South East, an activity club for disabled children in Bedfordshire, a support group for youngsters with Downs Syndrome in Swindon, and courses for children who live with a debilitating stammer. Anna's Hope, a tiny charity in Cambridge, provides specialist rehabilitation for children with brain tumours, a service that was not even available until a couple set it up following the death of their daughter, Anna, aged 3. Without projects like these, families would not be able to access this kind of support locally, if at all.

Our funding will help to continue their life-changing work. By voting for Global's Make Some Noise you are helping SMALL charities have a BIG impact. Please help us to make some noise and change young lives locally to London Luton Airport, and throughout the UK.


Keech Hospice Care

At Keech Hospice Care we believe no one should have to face a life-limiting or terminal illness alone. We care for children from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes and adults from Luton and South Bedfordshire with progressive, life-limiting conditions from diagnosis up until the end of their life.

Keech's care extends to the entire family offering emotional, spiritual and practical support. For these families, when it seems as though nothing will be the same again, Keech is there to help.

Our care is not just provided at the hospice. We care for families in hospital, school, care or the family home – wherever support is needed most. Keech's care does not stop at death. We continue to support families for as long as they need afterwards.

This means that Keech is here for everyone - family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to make sure that they all have access to the very best palliative and end of life care at the time that they need it most.

The Hospice opened in 1991 caring for adults in Luton & South Bedfordshire. Our Children's Hospice opened in 2000 and cares for babies at 20 weeks pregnancy through to 18 years of age. We are one of only a handful of combined adult and children's hospices in the UK.

Our services are provided free of charge, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

2016 will be the Hospice's 25th anniversary.



NOAH is a Bedfordshire based charity that helps those in the community who are the most disadvantaged, are facing a severe crisis and have nowhere else to turn. We provide a practical, empowering, caring and at times life-saving service to rough sleepers, those who are marginalised and socially excluded, or people who have fallen into extreme poverty.

We help them by:

  • providing food, clothing, medical and dental care, mental health support, outreach support, advice on accessing accommodation together with income support
  • providing the opportunity for people who are long-term unemployed to gain work experience
  • running training courses in basic, life and vocational skills, English as a second language, and employment preparation.

At the heart of our vision is a belief in the fundamental dignity and worth of every individual. We have a resolve to work with those who are disadvantaged to improve their life quality and opportunities, ultimately aiming to support people towards employment and independent living.

NOAH runs an award winning Welfare Centre, Outreach Team, Resettlement Service, Emergency Winter Shelter, a Social Enterprise, Charity Shops and the Academy training centre.

We change people’s lives. Last year we supported over 1,200 people. We helped 250 people off the streets and trained over 300 in a range of skills, 60 are now employed!

We urgently need to rebuild our Welfare Centre. Whilst we believe the work we do is amazing, the building we work from is falling down and we want to use the support from the Airport towards the redevelopment.