Easyjet Cabin Crew Member Makes Tracks For Cancer Research Uk

Monday, 23 August 2010

The team leader of easyJet's cabin crew at Liverpool John Lennon Airport is running a half-marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Steve Carless, a senior cabin crew member for the low-fares airline, is taking part in the 13.1 mile Great Scottish Run on 5th September in an attempt to raise £500 for Cancer Research UK.

He chose to support the charity as many of his family members have been affected by the disease, and a close friend is currently battling lung cancer.

Steve, who lives in St Helens, is aiming to raise £500 in the Glasgow run which visits the River Clyde, Bellahouston Park and Pollock County Park before hitting the finish line at Glasgow Green.

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Its groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has saved millions of lives.

Steve comments: "I'm taking on a major challenge to run a half-marathon next month as I haven't run since I did a 10k 15 years ago. I really hope I make it all the way to the finish line!

"I chose Cancer Research UK because it's an extremely important cause as one way or another cancer affects everyone, either directly or indirectly.  The charity's work has significantly improved survival rates over the last 30 years and I hope that everyone will support the charity and sponsor me."

One in three people will get cancer and Cancer Research UK's vital work, funded entirely by the public, helps to ensure that millions more people survive.

Steve adds: "Cancer Research UK does so much good work that every penny really does count and I hope people will put their hand into their pockets to support me."

Ali Gayward, UK commercial manager of easyJet, says: "We're all so proud of Steve for taking on this huge challenge. His efforts are really making everyone at easyJet think about what they could do themselves to raise money.

"So far he has raised more than £300 but he needs much more support to reach his target of £500."

Anyone looking to support Steve can sponsor him online at www.runningsponsorme.org/stevecarless



Notes to editors

easyJet is now Europe's No. 1 air transport network due to its leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.

By offering the lowest fares to the most convenient airports, this year easyJet will grow profitably by 10% and will carry 50 million passengers on over 500 routes between 119 airports in 29 countries.

easyJet is the UK's largest and Europe's fourth largest airline by passenger numbers. In 2009, the airline carried 28 million passengers in the UK and 46 million in total. On average easyJet flies passengers 1100 km for just £45/€50.

easyJet takes sustainability seriously. Over the last 10 years, the airline has reduced CO2 emissions per passenger km by 25% by investing in the latest technology. Its fleet of nearly 200 state-of-the-art aircraft is only 3.5 years old.