Travel firm donates £50,000

Charity Children 1st were flying high after global travel search company Skyscanner donated £50,000 to support their work with children and families.

The company handed over a cheque today (Tuesday December 1), appropriately on ‘#GivingTuesday’ – where people are encouraged to ‘give something back’ to a good cause.

As a corporate partner to Children 1st the company donated £45,000 to the charity and raised, or donated in kind, another £5000 through staff efforts like undertaking the Kiltwalk and holding a company BBQ. They also entered a team into the charity’s corporate challenge, Dragons' Glen, and paid for a new animated film. On December 9 they will kick off a ‘toy drive’ for children in the Edinburgh and Borders services.

Last week Skyscanner staff visited the charity’s Glasgow service where they met Kate Smith, Children 1st Director of Fundraising, Fiona McBride, Assistant Director, and Eilidh Grant, one of the project workers.


They discovered how their input – transforming a boring office room into a bright, vibrant and calm space for children – will make a difference to children who’ve had traumatic experiences.

“It’s great to have everything in this one room,” said Eilidh, “it means that all of the toys and materials are available to all agegroups. We let children chose what activities they want to do and it’s through play and art that we begin to make sense of what’s happened in their lives.”

Skyscanner Suzanne Watt

Suzanne Watt from Skyscanner said: “As Children 1st is Skyscanner’s charity of the year, we’ve seen first-hand the enormous impact of the charity’s work. The opportunity to create a haven for young people was something our team embraced wholeheartedly. Volunteers from both our Glasgow and Edinburgh offices have been working hard to transform the space, and we’re delighted that it will be a place for children and young people to feel safe and supported."

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving with the aim of encouraging people to give their time, money or their voice to help a good cause.