Chestnut Tree House children see behind the scenes at Gatwick Airport

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Children from Chestnut Tree House meet crew onboard the aircraft.

Five children from Chestnut Tree House in Arundel, the children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire, recently had a unique all-access trip to Gatwick Airport.

The trip was arranged by Your Service Centre Gatwick and airport representation company Skybreak, who collaborated with low-cost airline Norwegian, Gatwick Airport and No1 Lounges to create the experience for the children.

Terrina Barnes, Corporate Fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House, explains, ‘The day involved being escorted through security to board a Boeing 737-800 Norwegian aircraft, where the group met the crew, toured the aircraft and sat in the cockpit with the pilot. Leaving the plane, the children were guided to the No1 Traveller’s Clubrooms in the South Terminal.’ Launched in September, these rooms have the best views of the runway and provided the perfect backdrop for everyone to enjoy lunch.

She continues, ‘To see behind the scenes at Gatwick Airport and to go into the cockpit of the Norwegian plane, and speaking to the pilot and cabin crew, was a truly wonderful and fun experience for all the children. The lovely lunch in the No1 lounge looking out over the runway was fantastic. We would like to thank everyone at the airport who made this special trip possible and for the support Gatwick Airport and Your Service Centre Gatwick gives to Chestnut Tree House and to some of the children.’