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Bristow Helicopters and Eastern Airways to Brave Cold for Charity

December 07, 2018

A team of Bristow Helicopters and Eastern Airways personnel will join a national effort in braving freezing temperatures for one night as part of the Sleep in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, December 8, raising more than £3,000 for charity in the process.

Organised by social enterprise charity Social Bite, which aims to eradicate homelessness in Scotland, last year’s Sleep in the Park event in Edinburgh raised £4 million.

The fourteen-strong team includes Eastern Airways cabin crew members Denise Gardiner, Nikita Turriff and Madiha Iqbal; pilots Dawn Scott and Billy Curry; as well as Bristow Search & Rescue’s director Russ Torbet; and Bristow Helicopters’ head of flight operations Tim Glasspool.

The group has coordinated its efforts through Bristow Uplift, an internal programme which sees the business partner with local communities, charities and non-profit organisations to support social responsibility initiatives.

Matt Rhodes, director of Bristow Helicopters’ UK operations said: “With the number of homeless people living in Scotland higher than ever, it’s an issue we felt strongly about supporting this year. Through Bristow Uplift, we already support a range of local charities in Aberdeen including Grampian MS Therapy Centre and Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE).”

Russ Torbet added: “As the temperature continues to drop in December, it’s going to be a tough night outdoors for our team, but this is the reality many face every night not just in Aberdeen, but across Scotland. I’m very proud to be part of this event, raising vital funds for such an important cause.”

Sleep in the Park is taking place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee on Saturday, December 8, with Scottish music stars KT Tunstall and Amy Macdonald due to perform across all cities.

Donations to the Bristow Helicopters and Eastern Airways fundraising team can be made by visiting:

Issued on behalf of Bristow Helicopters by BIG Partnership. For further information contact Gillian George on +44 (0) 1224 253807 or +44 (0) 7815 561 545

About Bristow Helicopters Limited

Bristow Helicopters Limited (BHL) has served the offshore oil transport industry in the UK for over 50 years. Bristow Helicopters is the provider of Search and Rescue (SAR) services in the UK, having been awarded the Gap SAR contract for Northern Scotland and the UK SAR contract.

BHL is an affiliated company of Bristow Group Inc., the leading provider of global industrial aviation services offering helicopter transportation, SAR and aircraft support services, including maintenance and training, to government and civil organizations worldwide. For more information on Bristow’s operations, please visit

About Eastern Airways

Bristow Helicopters has a 100% interest in Eastern Airways, a regional fixed wing operator based at Humberside Airport located in North Lincolnshire, England with both charter and scheduled services targeting U.K oil and gas industry transportation. Bristow Helicopters Limited and Eastern Airways deliver a fully integrated single transportation solution to clients. For more information on Eastern Airways, please visit