A Mighty Pull For Sport Relief

On Friday March 7, football pundit Gary Lineker will be supporting teams from British Airways and Gatwick Airport, who have joined forces to take part in an aircraft pull for Sport Relief.

Up to eleven teams from British Airways, Gatwick airport, police, fire services and Crawley football and rugby club will take part in the 50 metre aircraft pull, with sporting celebrity Gary Lineker cheering them on.

The Boeing 777 aircraft, which would normally be flying 280 customers at 35,000 feet, will be moved to the runway for the special one-off event.  Each team will pull the aircraft 50 metres, and will be timed to see how long it takes them to move the aircraft, which has a wingspan of over 60 metres and a weight of 140 tonnes.

Peter Simpson, British Airways' director of Gatwick said: “This is one of several Gatwick events running this year in aid of British Airways’ nominated charity – Flying Start, our partnership with Comic Relief. Thanks to the hard work, dedication and generosity of both our staff and the Gatwick community, we hope to raise thousands of pounds this year.”

Adrian Witherow, Head of Terminals at London Gatwick, said: "It is great to see so many Gatwick teams involved in what is a fantastic charitable event - everyone has pulled together from operational teams to security as well as Gatwick fire and police. As an airport we embrace any event across our communities that enables to us to support such important causes."

The airline has raised more than £6.5 million through is ‘Flying Start’ partnership with Comic Relief, to help children in the UK and around the world who lead unimaginably difficult lives. As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief encourages the public to get active and raise money to change lives.


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