AGS Airports, which owns and manages Glasgow Airport, has responded to the #GiveHope appeal launched by charity Simon Community Scotland, by pledging £40,000 (US$48,300) to help the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding will be used to support the purchase of hotel accommodation for people who are homeless. This will enable them to stay in single rooms, to self-isolate if necessary while accessing the range of services offered by the Simon Community.
The charity launched the appeal in response to a lack of suitable shelter facilities in Glasgow, several of which had to close due to health concerns.
Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports, said, “We initially contacted the Simon Community with the offer of using our second terminal after partially closing our buildings at Glasgow Airport.
“When it became clear this wasn’t a viable option and we learned of the very real plight facing the city’s homeless community, many of whom have underlying health conditions, we quickly took the decision to redirect funds from our charitable FlightPath Fund.
“This is an extremely challenging time for businesses across the UK. We are all taking steps to protect our businesses and our employees, but also want to help those who really need it most and do whatever we possibly can to protect the most vulnerable in our society. The Simon Community does amazing work and everyone at AGS is pleased this money will help support the homeless at a time when it is needed most.”
Lorraine McGrath, chief executive of Simon Community Scotland, added, “It is exactly this type of rapid humanitarian response that will assist us not just to provide comfort, dignity and somewhere safe for people to be, but it will also undoubtedly save lives by protecting some of the most physically vulnerable people in Glasgow right now. We are hugely grateful for AGS Airports’ rapid response to our appeal and we hope many more come alongside them in helping us help those in the worst possible circumstances as this crisis grows”.