BLACKJACK ‘CLOWNS AROUND’ FOR RED NOSE DAY 2011

red nose day.jpg BUCKETS of money was raised for Comic Relief by staff at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Airport workers added red noses to their uniform to mark the mammoth charity event on March 18.

British Airways staff and customer service workers employed by Blackjack Promotions hit the airports’ terminals, contributing to the record amount raised for the charity this year.

The British Airways Concorde Club hosted four nights of events with the finale last Friday helping to raise £1,500 for Flying Start, the airline’s charity partnership with Comic Relief.

Bowling, race night, and music quiz made up the first three events, and last Friday over 300 people piled into the BA club to enjoy some singing and dancing.

On the night Alana Pope and cousin Arran Speding performed live renditions of Grenade by Bruno Mars and Ironic by Alanis Morrisette.

This was followed by a sing-song spectacular of Grease versus Dirty Dancing tribute show, before everyone joined in to party at the disco.

Meanwhile, airport customer service staff provider Blackjack Promotions sent its employees around Heathrow and Gatwick’s terminals, while staff at Stansted collected money in-store for Red Nose Day.

Branded the ‘Blackjack Clowns on tour for Comic Relief’ the trio went running through Terminal 5, World Duty Free and headed over to the south terminal at Gatwick, last Friday.

Clowns across UK’s airports raised a total of £1531.10 pence which Blackjack will match.

At Gatwick £449 was donated, while £271 was collected at Heathrow, and £110 by staff at Stansted.

Ally Holmes, staffing executive for Blackjack Promotions who has worked on campaigns across the airports, said: ‘Our costumes did most the work as we went around WDF and interacted with passengers who offered to donations.

‘We would like to thank WDF for allowing our staff to wear red noses, and Heathrow and Gatwick for allowing our clowns to collect as they ran through the airport’.