Airport assistance services provider, OmniServ, has pledged to support two charities – Colostomy UK and Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) – throughout 2019 to improve air travel for people living with disabilities
The two new charity partnerships will see OmniServ working closely with representatives from both charities across the UK to collaborate on various initiatives aimed at helping to improve the airport experience for passengers.
In addition to supporting the work of both charities, OmniServ will regularly host internal and external team events, from which it will donate all proceeds to Colostomy UK and QEF.
“We are looking forward to supporting both charities by creating teams to participate in a number of challenge events this year,” said OmniServ’s director of aviation, Ian Mitchell.
Colostomy UK is a national charity that supports people who have had, or are due to have, stoma surgery. Its mission is to help them, and those close to them, get their lives back on track as soon as possible.
The charity also acts as advocates, regularly speaking out for their rights to encourage hidden conditions to be recognised and the needs of people with them to be understood.
Libby Herbert, general manager at Colostomy UK, said: “We are delighted that OmniServ have recognised our efforts to make travel more accessible to people living with disabilities and hidden conditions, by choosing us as their charity partnership for 2019.
QEF is a national disability charity with more than 80 years’ experience of developing innovative services which support people with disabilities to increase their independence and achieve their goals in life, including accessing aviation.
Graham Race, accessible aviation expert and lead for QEF Accessible Aviation, said: “QEF is delighted to have been chosen as OmniServ’s new charity partner. We work with over 5,000 disabled children and adults across the country every year, providing expert care and practical support to enable people to increase their independence.
“Our services include neuro rehabilitation for people who have acquired a brain injury – something that can happen to anyone, at any time; supporting people with life-long disabilities to develop their life skills, and helping people of all ages to increase their mobility.
Antony Marke, group managing director for OmniServ, said: “OmniServ has already collaborated closely with both Colostomy UK and Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People on a number of initiatives across the UK, as we have sought to improve the airport experience for our passengers, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to strengthen those relationships.
“We look forward to supporting these incredible organisations which carry out vital work to ensure that travel is accessible for everyone, including those with visible or hidden disabilities.”
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