Former Gatwick air hostesses don old uniforms for fundraiser

Former employees of British Caledonian don their old uniforms to make a charity calendar for the company's charity the Golden Lion Children's Trust. It raised �3,000 - picture submitted
Former employees of British Caledonian don their old uniforms to make a charity calendar for the company's charity the Golden Lion Children's Trust. It raised �3,000 - picture submitted

A group of employees of the former British Caledonian Airways airline have raised £3,000 for the Golden Lion Children’s Trust.

The group produced and sold a retro calendar, wearing their original uniforms to raise money. More than 350 calendars were sold and more had to be printed.

The employees who posed included former captains, security guards and cabin crew.

The calendar saw them put on their old uniforms and visit the Dunsfold and Brooklands airfields where they recreated scenes in the former insides of the buildings that the crew spent so much time in.

Co-producer Marguerite Lynch, said: “It was just fantastic, putting the uniform on again, just fantastic to be wearing it again.”

She added: “A big thanks to everyone that helped out that made so many to the children, that is what it was all about.”

British Caledonian, known as B Cal, was founded in 1961 by chairman Sir Adam Thomson. It suffered an early setback following a crash in Africa, but in the airline relaunched in 1970 and enjoyed 18 successful years.

But its fate was sealed as its competitor, British Airways grew adding more and more routes to its network.

After a merger B Cal in 1988 the employees moved onto British Airways but they remain clearly fond of their former employers.

The Golden Lion Children’s Trust was a charity formed by members of staff from British Caledonian.

Despite the airline’s demise the charity continued its work helping young disadvantaged children across Sussex and areas of Surrey and Kent.

The charity is now completely independent.

The fundraising was marked by presenting the cheque to the Golden Lion Children’s Trust at the Copthorne Hotel last month.

The hotel was formerly owned by the airline and some of the fundraisers were remembered by staff there. They also gave a copy of the calendar to the charity volunteers to hang in their office.

To donate to the group visit www.justgiving.com/goldenlion

For more information about the calendars including how to order one email caledonianairways1@gmail.com