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Edinburgh Airport will continue to work with the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) as the airport’s corporate charity of the year in 2021.

SAMH became the airport’s charity partner at the beginning of this year in what is usually a year-long partnership.

The impact of Covid-19 meant the normally high levels of engagement and fundraising have been not possible so the partnership will be extended for another year to ensure the airport can work to raise awareness of SAMH and have SAMH provide advice on mental health.

Anna Light, Head of Engagement at Edinburgh Airport said:

“We couldn’t have predicted the year that we have experienced and the impact that Covid-19 has had an all aspects of the business, including the charity of the year partnership. Staff are always keen to raise funds and although we have managed to raise around £12,000 so far, we just haven’t been able to do what we wanted.

“Given what we’ve experienced in 2020 and will experience for the next few months, mental health has never been more important and extending our partnership with SAMH will allow us to do even more and strengthen our relationship with them.”

Fiona Lewis, Corporate Partnerships Manager at SAMH said:

“We’re living in difficult times so it’s never been more important to support Scotland’s mental health. All of us at SAMH are delighted to extend our partnership with Edinburgh Airport into 2021. We are proud to have Edinburgh Airport continue their commitment to the mental health cause particularly in light of the pandemic and its impact on mental health. We are so pleased to be able to continue working with and supporting such a motivated, talented and passionate team of colleagues. Working in partnership, we will help raise awareness, promote good mental health and support those who need it most.”