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easyJet customers raise £420,000 for charity

Travellers flying with leading low-cost airline easyJet have raised in excess of £420,000 for the airline's chosen charity, the Alzheimer's Society.

In-flight collections between July and September 2009 have seen the airline reach this significant figure as part of its push to raise £1 million in 2010.

Television presenter Lynda Bellingham, an Alzheimer's Society Ambassador, commented: "I am delighted that easyJet and their passengers have raised over £420,000. This will help people live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.

"I know the impact that dementia has on the whole family, having cared for my mum when she was ill. Alzheimer's Society relies upon the generosity of organisations like easyJet, their staff and passengers, to continue to provide information, education, support and care to families when they need it most."

Andy Harrison, chief executive of easyJet, says: "We are thrilled to have raised over £420,000 for Alzheimer's Society; I would like to express my gratitude to all our cabin crew for their support in raising these funds and thank all those passengers who generously donated money, particularly in these times of economic uncertainty.

"There are over five million people with dementia in Europe making it a truly important cause for our staff and passengers. We look forward to continuing to raise funds for Alzheimer's Society in 2010 and reaching our target of £1 million."

October 30, 2009