EMA spreads Christmas joy to its neighbours


With just a month to go until Christmas Eve, East Midlands Airport (EMA) is getting in the festive mood by supporting a series of activities to bring joy to young and old in its neighbouring communities.

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The airport has gifted 190 tickets for children from Rendell Primary and Cobden Primary Schools in Loughborough to attend a matinee performance of Peter Pan - this year’s Pantomime at Loughborough Town Hall on Saturday 2 December. Staff at EMA have arranged for Santa and his elves to hand out gifts to the children during the interval.

Children attending breakfast clubs at Kilburn Primary in Belper will also receive gifts from EMA as part of a Magic Breakfast ‘Magic Maker’ event on Tuesday 5 December, while Santa is set to arrive at a number of local schools in one of the airport’s Fire Trucks with gifts for the children - Kegworth Primary on Thursday 14 December, Cobden Primary in Loughborough on Friday 15 December and Brackenfield SEN school in Long Eaton on Wednesday 20 December.

Meanwhile on Sunday 10 December, airport staff will be supporting local community group One Kegworth to provide Christmas afternoon tea for over 75s at the village hall in Kegworth, including tea, sandwiches and cakes and activities such as bingo.  Festive hampers will also be delivered to all those aged over 75 in the village that cannot attend the Afternoon Tea.

And a favourite event among airport staff is returning for the first time since the pandemic, when the When You Wish Upon A Star charity brings children with terminal and life-limiting illnesses and their families to the airport to fly to Lapland on Monday 11 December. EMA staff pull out all the stops to help make their send-off to see Santa as easy and unforgettable as possible.

EMA’s Managing Director Steve Griffiths said: “Our staff are always here to help people create happy memories, so they naturally warm to volunteering for our programme of Christmas activities. We’re particularly delighted to once again be helping When You Wish Upon A Star with their flight to Lapland.

“Our staff love to get involved with helping to make the experience really special for the children and their families and we look forward to being the gateway to Lapland and an unforgettable chance for them to meet Santa.”