Heathrow staff pedal power wins air race
Airport workers take to exercise bikes for charity
HEATHROW Airport staff raised more than £100,000 for charity by ‘racing’ a plane across the Atlantic – and winning.
Twenty eight teams of 13 riders from Heathrow Airport, and its partner organisations, competed on exercise bikes, set up in the check-in area of Terminal 5, to cycle 3,452 miles.
Their goal was to beat a virtual plane travelling from New York to Heathrow.
Starting at 12.40pm, each team member took it in turns to cycle 30 minute stints to reach the target.
The race finished at 6.20pm with victory for the bikes.
With an average combined speed of 607 mph, the bikes beat the plane by 88 miles, with HSS Hire as the strongest team, covering the greatest distance in the fastest time.
John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow Airport, said: “I am really proud that the Heathrow community has come together to raise over £100,000 for our charity partner, Oxfam.
“As well as raising nearly £500,000 for Oxfam over the past three years, Heathrow also helps Oxfam get to its projects around the world, and provides the vital trading links that raise living standards in emerging countries.”
Oxfam supported more than 11 million people last year, including providing clean water to 3.6 million people and better sanitation to 1.5 million people, helping to prevent the spread of disease.
Cordelia Kretzschmar, head of public relations at Oxfam GB, said: “Once again the people at Heathrow have gone to extraordinary lengths to help pedal Oxfam towards its goal of ending poverty for good.
“£100,000 will pay for Oxfam to set up a clean water supply to 60 schools, or build more than 2,000 toilets in refugee camps.
“When they took on the plane, they made a difference to the lives of thousands of people around the world.
“We are extremely grateful, and impressed with the efforts.”
n TAKING OFF: The cyclists ‘raced’ the plane in Terminal 5