The Monarch Group, the travel company that owns brands such as Monarch Airlines and Cosmos Holidays, has launched a foundation to coordinate its charitable work.
The company has raised £500,000 over the past two years for charitable causes through fundraising donations made by Monarch Airlines passengers and initiatives such as outdoor challenges involving some of its 3,000 employees.
The foundation has already selected seven charity partners for 2013: Macmillan Cancer Support, When You Wish Upon A Star, Children in Need, Home-Start UK, Toe in the Water, the Homeless World Cup, and the Dick Camplin Education Trust.
The foundation will focus on five cause areas: disadvantaged families, children and young people, education, environment and sustainability, and injured service people and their families.
The foundation will accept submissions for future charity partners operating within these cause areas from next year and successful applicants will be supported for up to three years.
Pauline Prow, chairman of the Monarch Foundation and director of human resources at the Monarch Group, said: "Through the Monarch Foundation, more effective support and communication can be provided to our people for engagement with causes that are personal to them, as well as with the charity partners that have been carefully selected by representatives of each of our businesses."