Airport team walk in memory of former colleague

Airport employees raise money for Brain Tumour Charity

A team of nine employees from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be hoping for good weather this bank holiday weekend as they prepare for a two day charity walk in honour of their former friend and colleague John Boiston who passed away in 2012 following a battle with cancer.

John was an employee at the airport when it first opened in 2005 working for Servisair and later went on to join the team at Western Aviation. 

Friends of John who will be taking part in the walk include, Tim Webb from Airfield Operations, Airport Duty Manager Mike Foot and seven airport security agents - all raising funds for the Brain Tumour Charity.

The hikers will be working to a tight schedule in order to achieve their target across the two days where they will leave Whitby Abbey at 7am on Sunday 5th May and later take a short overnight stay at a Scarborough camp site. The next day they will make an early start and press on to Filey Brigg where they expect to arrive at 3pm that afternoon. 

Tim Webb, who organised the activity said: “We hope the weather stays kind to us but we are all really looking forward to Sunday. I think there will be a great atmosphere on the way there and we will be heading over in the mini bus which the airport has kindly donated to us for the weekend.

“The team at the airport are doing this for John. He was a great friend and worked with us from the very beginning.  Everyone knew who he was. This walk is all about raising awareness for the Brain Tumour charity in his name.

“Brain tumour research is chronically underfunded in the UK, receiving less than two percent of all cancer research funding. The money people donate to such a worthy cause will help with clinical trials to test new treatments.”

Airport Managing Director Steve Gill said: “It is extremely admirable that our staff are committed to raising funds for a brilliant cause. I wish them the best of luck for their journey.” 

Further research on the work carried out by the Brain Tumour Charity can also be found at www.thebraintumourcharity.org.

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