Singer and performer Melanie C put her ‘sporty skills’ to practice by hosting a fun workout for British Airways engineers at Heathrow Airport yesterday (Tuesday 18 March). The exclusive event was held for Sport Relief, which the airline supports through its Flying Start partnership with Comic Relief.
A hangar full of burly British Airways engineers took part in the workout session, which involved kicks, lunges and star jumps, offset to Melanie’s play-list of tunes, which included; Eric Prydz ‘Call on me’, ‘Jumbo’ by Underworld, ‘Touch the Sky’ by Kanye West, ‘Mr Blue Sky’ by the Electric Light Orchestra and ‘Word Up’ - the official Sport Relief single by Little Mix among other tracks!
Melanie said: “A little exercise goes a long way, whether it’s the feel-good affect or the health benefit it brings. It was great fun revving up the engineers at British Airways today to get them in the Sport Relief spirit, and it goes to show that everyone can get involved.”
Alan Hall, one of the British Airways engineers who attended the class, said: “It was a fun way to start the day. Usually I’d be tweaking the aircraft this time of the morning, instead I’ve been twerking with my favourite spice girl!”
Through its ‘Flying Start’ partnership, British Airways has raised more than £6.5 million. To support Sport Relief, it has held a fun-run in LA with Gordon Ramsay and challenged golfer Justin Rose to a Sport Relief golf mile. Meanwhile, staff have competed in fundraising events, as well as volunteer at the very first Sainsbury’s Sport Relief weekend (March 21-23) at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Notes to Editors:
· The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
· Sport Relief is one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £195million. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world.
· Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty. The money raised by Comic Relief, through its fundraising campaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief as well as other initiatives, is spent at home in the UK and across the world to help people, families and whole communities stand on their own two feet.
· Comic Relief is a registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)