Electric car charging points now at Rainbows thanks to East Midlands Airport grant

Rainbows now benefits from electric car charging points at its hospice in Loughborough thanks to a grant of £19,774 from East Midlands Airport (EMA).

The money has been made available from EMA’s Community Fund as part of a pilot project to support community, charity and voluntary sector organisations to make the transition to more sustainable energy use.

The project included the installation of a three-phase fast charge unit, which will support two vehicles at any one time. This unit will be for parents and families who use the hospice. A further two charging points, providing four outlets for Rainbows’ company vehicles and employee’s own vehicles, were also installed.

The electric wiring infrastructure was also put in place to enable more charging points to be added in the future to enable up to 18 spaces for parking and charging.

Hannah Tee, Rainbows Trusts and Grants Fundraiser, said: “We would like to thank East Midlands Airport’s Community Fund for their amazing support which has enabled us to introduce electric vehicle charging points at Rainbows, which can be used by all of our families and staff. Thank you so much to everyone involved.”

The project is part of the airport’s long-standing commitment to placing environmental sustainability at the forefront of its operations.

Cllr Angus Sowter, a member of EMA’s Community Fund committee, said: “When the committee considered a sustainable energy fund, there was unanimous support for offering our local hospices funding in the first instance before we opened it up to the wider community. We’re delighted that this funding is already having an impact. Not only will it help the hospices reduce their carbon footprint but, at current energy prices, it will also help keep costs down so that more money can be spent on the care they provide.”