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Last updated: 8.17am, Friday 5th August 2016 by

Giant wooden plane sculpted to mark 5 years of flying from Glasgow Airport has been donated to St Vincent’s Hospice

Following and Jet2holidays’ celebration of five years of flying from Glasgow Airport, St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood - which is located close to the airport’s flight path – has today received a 6ft scale wooden replica of a Boeing 757 aircraft as a donation.

In April, the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist called on renowned Scottish chainsaw carving artist, Tom Harris-Ward, to create the impressive sculpture live in Glasgow city centre from a local sustainably-sourced tree.

Today this was handed over to the Hospice by Captain Christopher Barclay of – who captained a flight to Palma in Majorca on the company’s very first day flying from Glasgow Airport in 2011. It was donated after the Hospice requested it for use in their gardens for their patients and families to enjoy. St Vincent’s Hospice is a charitable organisation offering specialised care and services to all those affected by life-limiting illness.

Since first jetting off from Glasgow in 2011, has carried more than 3 million customers to and from top European sun, city and ski destinations. Jet2holidays has also seen significant growth, carrying over 650,000 customers over the past five years. This summer marks their biggest ever year of operation at Glasgow Airport with 27 exciting destinations, nearly 750,000 seats plus a brand new destination, the Costa Brava (Girona).

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said, “What better way to top off a wonderful five years of flying from Glasgow Airport by giving this sculpture to such a worthy cause. We hope that the Hospice can enjoy the replica aircraft for many years to come, whilst watching real aircraft fly nearby!”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St Vincent’s Hospice said, “We are delighted to be able to showcase this unique gift from in our community garden. The sculpture will be enjoyed by our patients and their families, as well as visitors and the wider community – and the plane is a wonderful symbol of the very supportive relationship between our Hospice and everyone at Glasgow Airport.”

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