We're extremely pleased to be supporting the Learning and Performance Institute as they launch their 2020 charity calendar.
Every year, LPI employees, partners and customers come together to produce the charity calendar, recreating memorable scenes from pop culture. Previous calendars have featured TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Absolutely Fabulous, The Walking Dead and Dynasty, films including The Blues Brothers, Casino Royale, Fight Club and Goodfellas, and album covers by Queen, Kiss, Blondie and Beyonce.
Providing the holiday of a lifetime
Being able to get up close and personal with their favourite Disney characters would be a dream come true for a lot of children – a dream that many parents turn into reality. But that dream may be out of reach for children with serious illnesses or disabilities, because the cost and complexity of taking them abroad is just too great for their families.
This is where the charity Dreamflight steps in. Over the past 30 years, it has taken more than 5,000 seriously ill and disabled children from all over the UK for a holiday of a lifetime to the theme parks of Orlando, Florida.
Among Dreamflight’s supporters is the LPI which collaborates with industry-leading L&D organisations to produce their annual calendar. And this year, we’re proud to be one of those organisations!
We’re committed to supporting the communities that we work in and to being a positive force within society as a whole – in 2017 we supported around 150 charities with £1.9 million of community investment, and we encourage our employees to support the causes they care about with volunteering and fundraising.
British Airways employees Patricia Pearce and Derek Pereira founded Dreamflight in 1986. Patricia had previously helped to organise a project to take underprivileged children on a ‘Christmas party’ flight, and she and Derek decided to raise money to take youngsters to Disney World.
Patricia and Derek recruited volunteer doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, as well as fundraisers and helpers, and the first trip took place the following year. Dreamflight now charters a BA 747 to take 192 children to Orlando each October, accompanied by a team of volunteer doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medics who care for them 24 hours a day during the trip.
The children, aged between eight and 14, are nominated for a Dreamflight holiday by a medical professional responsible for their care and are unlikely to be able to go on such a trip without full medical, nursing and physiotherapy care. They go without their families and have a unique opportunity to make new friends and develop their self-confidence – as well as experiencing the fun and joy that Dreamflight says is just as important as medical research and equipment.
The 2020 LPI Charity Calendar costs £10, plus £5 postage and packing, and can be pre-ordered here. All the proceeds from sales (minus Paypal’s processing fees) goes to Dreamflight.