Local woman receives Jet2 plane naming tribute

19 September 2009

Friendly low-fare airline, Jet2.com unveiled a very special Boeing 737 aircraft yesterday - the plane named ‘Helen Normington’, was revealed to friends and family at Leeds Bradford Airport.

‘Helen Normington’ was named by local businessman Neil Normington – MD at IBOSS in Harrogate, who secretly bid an impressive £3,000 in a unique charity auction arranged by Spofforth Cricket Club to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

After winning the auction, Neil decided to name the aircraft after his wife of 16 years who joined him at Leeds Bradford Airport for the unveiling of ‘Helen Normington’.

Helen commented, “I was so surprised when Neil told me where we were going this morning – to the airport to see an aircraft named after me! It’s a great honour and it’s certainly a gift I won’t forget in my lifetime!”

Neil added, “I knew Helen would never expect this – the look of surprise when I told her was classic. The money I paid is going to a fantastic cause and guys at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance do a great job day in and day out.

“I’d like to thank Jet2.com and Spofforth Cricket Club for giving me the opportunity to present my wife with such a memorable and unique gift.”

Philip Meeson, boss of Jet2.com said: “We know the cost and organisation involved in air transport and we are proud to support this fundraising initiative for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Mr Normington’s donation was very generous and naming the plane after his wife was a very touching gesture.”

Jet2.com teamed up with Spofforth Cricket Club to help raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity. Founded in 2000, the charity provides a rapid response emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance does not receive government support and relies entirely on public and business donations.

For further information visit jet2.com.

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