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ULSTER Flying Club hopes to soar to new fundraising heights with its Christmas initiative.

The Newtownardsbased club recently announced a collaboration this year with Cash for Kids – Mission Christmas.

The charity is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people affected by poverty, illness, neglect and additional needs.

With many families at risk of waking up without presents to open on Christmas Day, Mission Christmas encourages others to donate gifts to those struggling, in the hope of helping make the festive season special.

As part of the initiative, the Ulster Flying Club will be acting as a drop-off point for anyone wishing to contribute to the worthy cause.

There are a number of other drop-off points across the Ards and North Down borough which can be found on the Cash for Kids website –

The charity encourages the community to donate brand-new, unwrapped gifts suitable for children of all ages.

While all gifts are welcome, the appeal particularly seeks items for teenagers, such as cosmetics, crafts and stationery, as well as electrical items like headphones and tablets.

Lesley Ann Mo, Business Development Manager at Ulster Flying Club said: “We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas, regardless of their circumstances.

“By joining forces with Cash for Kids – Mission Christmas, we aim to make a positive difference in the lives of those facing adversity.”

The last date for drop-offs at Ulster Flying Club is 5pm, December 13. Please ensure that all donations are new and still in their original packaging. Unfortunately, food items cannot be accepted.

Running alongside this is a festive colouring competition. This opportunity allows primary schools to showcase their creativity and win an exclusive tour of the airport, learning about aviation, fire safety and the day-to-day operations of a busy flying club.

To participate, schools are invited to contact the Ulster Flying Club at to receive a canvas and the terms and conditions.

Once the canvas is received, pupils can unleash their artistic talents by adding a festive splash of colour.

The completed masterpieces must be returned to the club by 3.30pm on December 15.

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