A British Airways London Gatwick Airport cabin crew recently used personal time off to bring cheer to patients at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The crew brought gifts, including a huge array of schoolbooks, crayons, toys and clothes to donate to the school, which is attached to the hospital, and for the use of children staying at the hospital.
The visit was organised by Chain of Hope, an international charity supported by the British Airways Communities Charities Scheme, which has been organising surgical missions to Jamaica since 1997. The group is currently supporting the establishment of a self-sustained paediatric cardiac programme at the hospital, including a new intensive care unit, cardiac theatre and catheter laboratory.
British Airways supports Chain of Hope by donating flights and cargo transportation services for surgical missions.
The British Airways crew which visited the hospital was led by implementation manager, Carol Powell, and viewed the building work on the new theatre, as well as visit the existing wards and meeting the children including patients from other Caribbean islands seeking treatment at the hospital. It is the only hospital in the Caribbean which caters exclusively to children.
The visit was hosted by Kathleen Cooper Brown, hospital administrator, who thanked the British Airways team for their generosity in donating the much-needed items.
Kingston-based British Airways Commercial Manager Caribbean, Diane Corrie, thanked her colleagues "for not just bringing gifts, but devoting time with the children".