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Flying Start is the global charity partnership between British Airways and Comic Relief. British Airways wants to help give children in the communities which we fly to the chance to have a brighter future. That is why 100% of money raised by Flying Start goes directly to Comic Relief funded projects.

Comic Relief is a UK based Charity which believes in a Just World free from poverty. Since our partnership started in July 2010 British Airways has raised over £20m through on-board collections of customer unwanted foreign currency but also our amazing colleagues from across the business who have come together and created fundraising events or supported our annual Red Nose Day or Sport Relief campaigns.

Comic Relief funds projects across the communities to which we fly but importantly 50% of all funds raised stay here at home in the UK and supports the communities our colleagues live in.

We are constantly looking for colleagues to join our Flying Start Champions programme and become community advocates in their teams.

Becoming a champion

Every year, thousands of our colleagues come together in support of Flying Start, whether it be creating their own fundraising activity or coming along to one of our many events throughout the year. We encourage all colleagues to become Flying Start Champions to help promote the great work that we support and to take part in all the fundraising events we put on throughout the year.

Your money makes a difference

  • £1 could give a child in Kenya five exercise books which will last a whole term at school.
  • £7 could provide a week's worth of meals for an extremely poor working child in India.
  • £10 could pay for an hour of much-needed counselling for a street child in Brazil who has experienced violence and exploitation.
  • £40 could enable a young person in the UK who is caring for a sick relative to take a much-needed break from their adult duties and have a day out with other young people in similar situations.
  • £50 could buy a sewing machine for a woman living in extreme poverty in Uganda. The machine gives her the opportunity to earn an income so that she can feed her family.

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