In three short years, workers at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, a unique partnering relationship between BAE Systems, Thales UK, Babcock and the Ministry of Defence, have raised £20,000 to help the Falkirk branch of Seagull Trust Cruises charity run free cruises on Scotland’s canals for people with special needs.
Gillian Forsyth has been carrying out her day job as a Materials Supply Planning Lead while helping lead the programme's charitable and fundraising activity. Gillian has been involved in a variety of fundraising activities during her eight years with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance including two cycling challenges; one following an aircraft carrier block from its build hall in Govan to the construction site in Rosyth, and the other following a block from Portsmouth to Rosyth.
Gillian presented the £20,000 cheque, the Alliance’s largest single donation to a charity, to Seagull Trust Cruises at their AGM. Gillian said: “The response has been incredible and I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed their money to the cause. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of my colleagues and the support I have received to achieve this amazing target.
“Charitable work has become a way of life for me, whether it’s organising a fundraising event or devoting time to help with projects. Meeting the people who benefit from donations, no matter how small or large, and seeing the difference we can make to those who are less fortunate makes it all worthwhile.”
Jim McKellar of Seagull Trust Cruises said: “We would like to thank Gillian and her colleagues at the Aircraft Carrier Alliance for this incredible donation, and for their continued support. Gillian has helped raise a substantial amount of money and has dedicated a significant amount of her own time to raising much needed funds for Seagull Trust Cruises. Her commitment to helping the cause means our volunteers can continue to support people with special needs.”