The Larder announced as Edinburgh airport's charity of the year

Staff at Edinburgh Airport have voted for The Larder to become the airport’s corporate charity of the year for 2022.

The Larder is based in West Lothian and works to provide training for young people around issues such as employability, health, wellbeing and life skills, as well as learning how to cook and using food as a way to promote social change.

The social enterprise provides direct work experience for young people within its cafes, which also provide nutritious and affordable food for people within local communities.

The Larder was one of more than 50 charities and organisations that applied to become the airport’s charity partner for 2022, eventually coming out on top of a staff vote. The criteria for 2022 was changed to align with the airport’s Greater Good sustainability strategy and partner with a group supporting one or more of the key pillars in the strategy:

  • Zero Carbon – charities who are working to mitigate and reduce the impacts of climate change

  • Enhancing Scotland – charities playing their part in managing environmental impacts such as water consumption, waste generation and improved re-use and recycling

  • Scotland’s Best Business – charities supporting people into employment or providing community mental and physical health and wellbeing initiatives

  • Trusted Neighbour – charities carrying out essential and vital work in our local communities

Previous Charity Partnerships

Edinburgh Airport pride themselves on the success of past charity partnerships and since they have begun, they have raised nearly £400,000 for a number of amazing charities.

Previous Charity Partnerships are also award winning! In 2018, their charity partnership with Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) won the ‘Best Partner Relationship’ award from the Institute of Fundraising and they were shortlisted for the ‘Inspiring Partnership Award’ at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 2019.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, Edinburgh Airport extended their partnership with their 2020 Charity of the Year, SAMH, for a further year to the end of 2021.

2020 / 21 – Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)

2019 – The Yard

2018 - Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)

2017 - Children 1st

2016 - Guide Dogs Scotland

2015 - Erskine

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