The Challenge in partnership with BAA

The Challenge Network is delighted to announce a key corporate partnership with Heathrow Airport, through the airport owner’s grant-making charity BAA Communities Trust.  The partnership centres on BAA’s commitment to supporting projects in communities closest to BAA’s airports. The Trust particularly focuses on projects that create learning opportunities for young people, raise their aspirations, and provide airport staff a chance to get involved in the community.  This year, BAA Communities Trust is sponsoring approx. 150 young people who have participated in The Challenge from the boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing.

On August 25th, two representatives from Heathrow and from BAA Communities Trust served as dragons on the “Dragon’s Den” style panel on The Challenge in West London.  They listened and gave feedback to young people who pitched ideas that ranged from giving out free hugs in an effort to build neighbourly spirit to raising awareness of anti-social behaviour.

Caroline Nicholls, Director of The BAA Communities Trust, was one of the dragons.  She commented: “I was impressed by the enthusiasm and passion to make a difference shown by the Challenge teams – here were young people giving up their time to help others; it was a stark contrast to the images of rioting we have all seen in recent weeks.”

“The Trust is always looking at ways to strengthen Heathrow’s ties with local communities.  We are excited to be supporting a programme that is clearly making positive impact in Hounslow and other parts of West London.”

Craig Morley, Chief Executive of The Challenge Network, says, “We are therefore tremendously excited about our partnership with BAA Communities Trust and the opportunity it gives to further increase social impact through the involvement of BAA employees.”

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