Edinburgh Airport's official charity partner for 2024 and 2025 is Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity (ECHC).
The charity supports the life-changing work of Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (RHCYP). It helps support seriously ill babies, children, young people and families from the moment they begin their hospital journey.
More than 60 fantastic charities and organisations initially put themselves forward to be the airport's next charity partner when applications opened in October 2023, and ECHC was successful following a vote among airport staff.
Priority was given to charities that support or align with the four pillars of Greater Good, the airport’s sustainability strategy - Zero Carbon; Enhancing Scotland; Scotland’s Best Business; and Trusted Neighbour.
Throughout 2022 and 2023 the airport had been collaborating with West Lothian-based charity The Larder, providing almost £170,000 worth of support throughout the partnership.
We pride ourselves on the success of our past partnerships and since they have begun we’ve raised more than £600,000 for a number of amazing charities.
Our partnerships are also award winning! In 2018 our partnership with Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) won the ‘Best Partner Relationship’ award from the Institute of Fundraising and we were shortlisted for the ‘Inspiring Partnership Award’ at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019.
2022 & 2023 - The Larder
2020 / 21 – Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
2019 – The Yard
2018 - Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)
2017 - Children 1st
2016 - Guide Dogs Scotland
2015 - Erskine
We work with our charity partner to help create a calendar of events and activities for our staff to get involved in.
From skydiving and abseiling; to running and cycling; to baking and quizzing – our people and teams also get their heads together to come up with innovative and creative ways to raise money. On campus our foreign coin collection is reserved solely for our charity partner, and we have many other perks and gifts in kind that are donated throughout the partnership.
We don’t only raise funds; we raise awareness of our charity partners too. Helping to put them in the spotlight across our campus, the city, in the media, and online.
This year we want our partnership to be even deeper, more bespoke, and more meaningful than ever. We will be looking for more ways to mutually share skills and expertise and want our charity partner to really be involved in engaging our EDI family. We also offer all our staff two days of volunteering leave per year, so are hoping our charity partner can provide meaningful opportunities for staff to get mucked in and making a difference.