EasyJet chooses Alzheimer's Society as charity partner

Budget airline's 7,000 staff vote to raise money for the charity

Budget airline EasyJet has chosen the Alzheimer's Society as its charity partner for 2009.

The charity was chosen by a vote of 7,000 members of staff across Europe.

The society will receive donations from in-flight collections over the summer and will also be granted a percentage of proceeds from the sale of scratchcards sold on board.

For the past three years, leukaemia charity the Anthony Nolan Trust has been EasyJet's charity of the year. The partnership raised £400,000 last year and £1.9m over the life of the partnership.

Andy Harrison, chief executive of EasyJet, said: "There are more than five million people with dementia in Europe, so it's not surprising that staff across the continent chose the Alzheimer's Society as the 2009 charity of year."

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