BA chief’s sky-high praise

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY ROBYNROSEN

THE WORK of Jewish Care has been praised as a “shin­ing ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity re­spon­si­bil­ity” by a high-fly­ing source — Bri­tish Air­ways chief ex­ec­u­tive Wil­lie Walsh.

Ad­dress­ing over 200 busi­ness­men and women at a sell-out break­fast at Clar­idges, Mr Walsh said: “I am as­tounded about the work the char­ity does.

“It’s re­ally im­pres­sive and I want to pay trib­ute. It is a truly won­der­ful ser­vice.”

Char­ity was never more im­por­tant than when the econ­omy was in trou­ble, he added.

The re­ces­sion had cer­tainly been bad for Bri­tish Air­ways and the air­line in­dus­try in gen­eral. “This is by far the tough­est time I have seen in 30 years.” But he hoped that “determination, clear vi­sion and strong lead­er­ship” would help his and other busi­nesses to pull through.

He high­lighted the im­por­tance to BA of the Heathrow-Tel Aviv route, which the air­line has been fly­ing twice-daily since 1994.

Jewish Care chair­man Stephen Zim­mer­man told guests that it needed to raise £15 mil­lion an­nu­ally to run its ser­vices. “It is our loved ones who we need to look af­ter when they get older.”

Spon­sored by Coller Cap­i­tal, the break­fast raised £29,000 for the char­ity.

Wil­lie Walsh was “as­tounded” by the scope of Jewish Care’s ac­tiv­i­ties

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