Flybe Unveils Colourful Jet In Support Of Charity Partner

Wednesday, 09 December 2015

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, today (8th December 2015) unveiled a special birthday surprise to Meg Clark from Kent who won the carrier’s recent UK-wide art competition held in support of its charity partner, Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens - her winning entry had been superimposed on to the airline’s first purple branded Embraer 195 jet!

Accompanied by her family, Meg - who coincidentally also celebrated her fifth birthday today - thought she was just heading to Flybe’s Exeter HQ for a simple presentation ceremony and hangar visit to celebrate winning a family holiday for four to any Flybe destination of choice.

Entrants to the art competition had been asked to draw or paint a simple picture representing the joy and fun of travelling by plane to see friends and family, of exploring the UK or flying on holiday to destinations served by Flybe.

Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad, said: “We wanted to do something extra special to support our charity partner’s campaign which aims to find cures and kinder treatments for children and young people living with cancer.

“We were delighted with the response to our art competition. It was a tough decision to choose the winning entry but young Meg’s delightfully simple, innocent and joyful painting we felt perfectly represented not only the fun and passion of our own Purple brand but also the sentiments of hope behind Cancer Research UK’s Kids & Teens. On behalf of Flybe, I would like to thank all who entered the competition and to Meg, many congratulations. We hope she will be proud to see her painting take to the skies in this very special way.”

Ed Aspel, executive director of fundraising and marketing at Cancer Research UK said: “Despite improving survival rates, cancer is the leading cause of death of young people in the UK; every day around 10 young people under the age of 25 in the UK hear the news they have cancer.  This art competition is just one of the fantastic ways that Flybe has supported our work, and it’s great to see Meg’s drawing on the plane.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Flybe, its staff and passengers, for everything they’ve done to help us fund research to find kinder treatments and cures for children with cancer.”

Cancer Research UK has been Flybe’s chosen charity partner since 2008 and, through the generosity of its staff and passengers, has raised £96,428 so far this year from a variety of fundraising initiatives that includes monthly on-board collections, one of which is taking place throughout December with the special emphasis being on supporting the charity’s Kids & Teens campaign.



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About Flybe

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 194 routes serving 9 countries from 72 departure points, 37 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale Nov ’15 – Sep ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline(UK CAA Oct ’14 – Sep ‘15);named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdogWhich?(Dec 2014);is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports(UK CAA Sep ’15);operates fleet of69 aircraft – 49 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195 & 11 E175; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 74% coverage of reporting airports (UKCAA Sep’15);has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.


* Flown under the Flybe brand (28 routes/10 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 4 routes and 4 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)


Cancer Research UK

For further information about Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens contact the press office on 0203 469 8315.

About Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. It’s also the biggest funder of research into childhood cancers in the UK.

  • In the UK, more than four children (0-14 year-olds) are diagnosed with cancer every day (around 1,500 a year)
  • Around 2,200 teens and young adults (15-24 year-olds) are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK – that’s around six teens and young adults every day
  • Three-quarters of children (0-14 year-olds) with cancer are now cured compared with around a quarter in the late 1960s
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens’ vision is to find cures and kinder treatments for children and young people with cancer
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating children’s cancers relies on every pound donated
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses
  • Money raised through Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens will be ring-fenced to fund research into children’s, teen and young adult cancers (aged 0-24). Donations will help find cures and kinder treatments for children with cancer