James joined London Southend Airport CEO Gyn Jones to officially open a new wellbeing garden at Nelson’s Gate in Westcliff.
Nelson’s Gate comprises 11 supervised flats run by South East and Central Essex Mind, and provides supported housing for residents with mental health conditions who struggle with independent living.
The new wellbeing garden was funded by London Southend Airport’s Mental Elf Runway event in December 2021.
James, airport employees, and members of the community raised money by running, walking and cycling the length of the airport’s runway, with the cash used to transform a corner of Nelson’s Gate into a beautiful wellbeing and relaxation garden.
Members of the London Southend Airport team volunteered to help build the garden and will continue to maintain it over the coming years.