Covid aviation charity raises £50,000 in first year

The Aviation Action charity created to support the aviation industry is marking one year since its founding in the wake of the pandemic hitting the UK.

Aviation Action has provided personal backing, such as one to one mental health support, coaching, training, and webinars, to more than 1,000 people.

It has introduced professional peer support volunteer training and trained more than 100 people in mental health first aid and suicide awareness.

The charity has generated industry support from over 30 businesses, created a strong community on social media and raised more than £50,000 through national fundraising events such as a campaign where supporters from across the country ran the lengths of 31 UK runways each day in December.

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Founder Chris Wild said: “As the aviation industry continues to battle through the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, we can today celebrate the success of Aviation Action.

“Over the last year we have helped hundreds of industry colleagues deal with the impacts of the pandemic by providing personalised mental health and well-being support.”

He added: “The industry is a much better place due to the existence of Aviation Action and industry colleagues should take comfort knowing that we are here to support them when they need it.”

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