Wraysbury to benefit from £6.5m Heathrow programme

Heathrow Airport has promised to give £6.5million to local villages in Berkshire. The donations are part of the airport’s Giving Back Programme, which aims to make the organisation a “better neighbour”.

The scheme includes Slough and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead but Heathrow said that it will target Wraysbury, Datchet, Horton and Langley for “future involvement”. Brands Hill, Colnbrook and Poyle are already involved in Heathrow programmes.

The money will be donated to local charities and community groups by 2030. The airport says it aims to help one million people through the scheme.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “Our Giving Back Programme is a clear reflection of what the local community has told us over the last year and our way of saying loudly and clearly that being a responsible neighbour will always be a priority. We’ve listened to the community’s views – some of it good, all of it completely honest, and often highlighting areas where we can improve our work. The overriding message was clear: Heathrow must become a connector in the community once more.

“That means connecting people with new employment opportunities, with nature and the local environment, and ensuring funding remains in place for vital local institutions. This programme is the first step of a long-term plan to inspire people to move here because of the airport, not in spite of it.”

As part of the programme, Heathrow will double the number of schools it supports through its local Schools Partnership. It also plans on launching an employability programme called Heathrow World of Work which will help young people get on the job ladder.

The airport will donate £1m a year to local groups, primarily through the Heathrow Community Trust. More than 200 community projects will receive funding through the Local Community Support Fund.

Heathrow conducted a consultation with local residents last year and aims to use its funding to target the areas highlighted through the community’s feedback. This includes tackling the cost of living, restoring heritage sites and building a greener neighbourhood.

Anne Marie Goodacre, CEO of Stanwell Events, said: “It’s really important for community groups across the local area to be able to work directly with Heathrow and see them put their time, effort and money to use where it matters. Heathrow has always lent a helping hand, connecting us to support where needed and maximising its impact as a good neighbour.

“One business can’t solve all the community’s problems, but I look forward to seeing Heathrow turn the Giving Back Programme’s promises into results and continuing to make a real difference to local people’s lives.”

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