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Currency collection globes raised a record amount for FlightPath Fund

Glasgow passengers raised a staggering £20,000 for the airport’s FlightPath Fund in 2019. The record amount
was collected through the six FlightPath Fund collection globes positioned across the airport in which
passengers can donate any left-over currency. 

All monies raised through the globes are added to the £140,000 annual total donated by Glasgow Airport to the
FlightPath Fund, which supports a diverse range of local groups, charities and organisations across the Glasgow
Renfrewshire, East and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas. 

The total amount for the year came from 115 different global currencies including Brunei and Jamaican Dollars
Sudanese Pounds, Kenyan Shillings, Chilean Pesos, Sri Lankan Rupees and Cambodian Riel. 

The top five currencies collected were:

  • UK Pound
  • The Euro
  • US Dollars 
  • UAE Dirhams
  • Swiss Francs

Out with the weird and wonderful currencies of the world, several old coins were collected including pre-1947
Shillings, which have a 50% silver content, and a Half Sovereign 22-carat coin valued at £101. One very
generous passenger also deposited a £50 note into one of the globes. 

Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director Mark Johnston said: “Our FlightPath Fund collection globes normally
raise anything between £12,000 and £15,000 a year, so to collect over £20,000 is fantastic news. 

“A big thank you must go to our very generous passengers. Their generosity this year and in previous years
is absolutely vital in ensuring the FlightPath Fund continues to support the hundreds of community groups
clubs and charities that neighbour the airport.”

Set up in 2010, the FlightPath Fund has awarded more than £1.6 million in support to over 600 local charities
clubs and organisations. In 2019 alone, over 70 community-based organisations received over £110,000 in
financial support. 
This included a £14,000 award to the Ocean Youth Trust to support four voyages for youth
groups in each of the local authority areas served. The Fund also provided £8000 to support the Flying Fish
eco-learning primary school project run by the Clyde River Foundation.

10/01/20