Ex-airport boss donates thousands to charity

By Rob Virtue on October 16, 2012 5:15 PM |

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Former airport boss Richard Gooding closed down his long-serving charity last weekend - but not before handing over a £20,000 cheque to the Richard House Children's Hospice.

Gooding, until recently London City Airport's chief executive, called an end to the REG Charitable Trust at his 65th birthday party last weekend.

The charity was set up in 2006 to try to create a lasting memorial for members of the Bomber Command in World War II, in particular Gooding's uncle Reg Williamson who received a distinguished flying medal for bravery. It also aimed to provide financial and educational support for east London children.

Gooding said: "With the recent unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, Reg and his colleagues have finally received the recognition they deserved, and therefore we feel it appropriate to wind down the trust now."

Richard House's CEO Peter Ellis said: "(The money) comes to us at a fitting time as we review our community engagement strategy and look at ways of improving use of our facility.

"Hopefully we will have the opportunity to reward the REG name in some shape or form in the near future."