On Monday 30 May, the chairman and founder of Limbcare, Ray Edwards spent some time with Campus to personally receive the donation raised for his charity and to express his gratitude to the team for their remarkable efforts and generosity.
In April of this year, Campus hosted a fantastic charity event, selling cakes and savoury treats which led to £2000.70 being raised. The event also included a raffle, tombola, handmade crafts and 'guess the number of eggs in a jar'. Through this event, the majority of Campus came together to make this day successful and the donations of baked good and savoury snacks from the team ultimately resulted in having such a sizeable gift to present.
For this event the nominated charity was Limbcare, an incredible charity that provides support and advice to amputee and limb impaired individuals and communities all over the country and internationally, creating independence through means such as counselling, music and education. Ray Edwards is himself a quadruple amputee with over 25 years' experience living as an amputee in society, business and the charity sector and is now the United Kingdom's longest surviving quad amputee. In 2011 Ray was awarded the MBE by HM The Queen for his charitable work and in 2016, Limbcare received the Queen's Award for Services to the Voluntary Sector.
In preparation for Ray's visit, risk assessments were carried out to ensure Rays's health and safety and with the help of SMC, Horejah Njie, Airfield Operations and Sophie Mustill, he was able to visit various parts of the site. The team also had assistance from Security Patroller Muhammad Sheikh, to make sure transporting Ray around the airfield and taxi ways was as seamless as possible.
The day began with Ray coming through security at 10:30am. After a tour of building 1082W and speaking with a few of the officers, Jay Garrett crowned the moment by presenting Ray with a giant cheque, representing the funds gained through the charity event. Ray was then taken on a tour airside including visiting the Royal Suite and Concord on the T4 tug road, plus a drive around the whole airfield followed by a visit to the control tower. It was a well thought out day with lots of special moments, leaving many of the staff inspired and encouraged that their good work will have long lasting impact through Limbcare.
"For me it was the way Ray so appreciated the money we raised for his charity that was nearly lost through not being funded but rely on charity events so he can help others and his openness about his journey from when he lost his limbs to now. The smile on Ray's face after seeing Concord and going to the tower as he described it as he was like a child with a new train set." - Security Officer, Corrine Sims
"First of all, I would just like to say what a fantastic day for all involved in organising this special occasion. Ray whose charity is Limbcare was absolutely thrilled in seeing how different parts of the Airport operate. The smile on his face was a joy to behold. The visit to the tower was superb as none of us have ever seen such panoramic views. Ray was so appreciative of not only the visit today but the amazing generosity that was raised for Limbcare. Ray's future plans are to bring more awareness within society to the difficulties of the day-to-day challenges of being an amputee. His next charity event is a golf day at Ascot golf course. He is also setting up a recycling scheme for Ukraine, which is collecting wheelchairs, walking frames, crutches and mobility aids for people in need." - Security Officer, Sarah Sewell
On behalf of Ray Edwards, Tanisha Bhangu, Sarah Sewell, Corrine Sims, Hiral Patel, Keely Jolliffe & Deborah Stevens, we would like to say a massive thank you to all the people who helped sell, bake, cook and donate food, as well as to our lovely colleagues who spent money and made donations - we greatly appreciate it.
Thank you to our ID Centre Manager Devan Pillai, who sorted out a space in the ID Centre car park for ease of access for Ray to get to Campus. Also, thank you to Ela from Heat.