Hatrack Heroes!

Elle & Arthur

Have you ever wondered about the “glamorous” lives led by beautiful cabin crew or well-navigated pilots? Well, it’s not necessarily about the shopping we might do, the beaches we sun-bake on, or the hotels and restaurants we frequent. In fact, it is often about experiencing countries from the farthest corners of the globe, and seeing first-hand the many sad and horrific situations faced by these societies. As a result, many selfless airline crew are deeply involved with a number of lesser-known charities and non-profit organisations around the world, dedicating their time and money toward helping the disadvantaged. Whether it be vulnerable children, migrant worker conditions, or perhaps animal cruelty, Hatrack Heroes! aims to raise awareness of these organisations, and give you an insight into their day to day lives. In this podcast we find out what these charities are doing, who they are, and how they are dealing with the issues faced. By listening, we hope these emotional and heartwarming stories will impact you in some way, even if it just makes you THINK!

Hope For The Vulnerable
Mar 22 2021
Hope For The Vulnerable
Have you ever had a moment where you've felt vulnerable? A moment where you've felt uncomfortable and with what feels like a minimal amount of control over a situation?If you have, then you might have a small inkling about what the children of the small town of Senya-Beraku on the coast of Ghana, two hours from Accra feel. However, these children have grown up with this vulnerability staring them in the face every day pretty much from the moment they open their eyes into this world. Whether they are an orphan, or whether they've just been left in a room by the mother, to fend for themselves... just like the child our guest in this episode talks about.Alejandro Magalhaes is airline crew in the Middle East, and due to the current situation for travel (or lack of), he was able to take time out from his work to venture into the world of volunteering with Becky's Foundation. Hear his story on how he managed to find his way to Ghana, the planning he made for his journey, and then the eye-opening experiences that were thrust upon him when he arrived. Emotions can get the better of anyone, and with Alejandro it was no different, as he was able to find connections with many of the children in the foundation... from a football wizz, to fleet-footed dancers, to a little girl called Mary 'cheeky'.Alejandro also gives his thoughts on the trials and tribulations of volunteer work, and offers a warning to those of you who might be thinking of doing this kind of thing. Is volunteer work something for you? Find out more from Alejandro in this interesting chat.
A Hug In A Mug (Part 2)
Mar 15 2021
A Hug In A Mug (Part 2)
We've been living in a strange and overall depressing kind of world for a while now... Covid has ripped lives apart, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.Many of us have come to terms with the restrictions, and living our lives the best way we can, and this includes the many thousands upon thousands of airline crew who were made redundant throughout this whole time. Yes, they may have lost their jobs, just like many others, but one such crew saw an opportunity, a possibility to bring a beacon of light in dark times.Captain Emma Henderson MBE is our guest for part 2 of an amazing and uplifting chat that I believe will be one that you will all enjoy listening to, and especially relate to. Emma is the Founder/CEO of 'Project Wingman', a not-for-profit organisation run 100% by volunteers, mainly across the UK. 'Project Wingman' is a collective of ex-airline crew volunteers, who may have been made redundant or furloughed, and are using there time to give back to those doing their utmost during these times - those being the workers of the NHS.Coined by Emma herself, she likes to refer to what these volunteers do as 'a hug in a mug', basically offering the simple thing of a tea or a coffee in a hospital based 'lounge setup', but arguably more importantly an ear... to listen, to show care, to show empathy... just giving someone the time, and letting them know that what they are doing for us is truly being appreciated on a personal level.What Emma has started is truly remarkable, and something that many in the NHS are so very thankful for right now. Throughout the chat, you can really feel how passionate and devoted Emma is to 'Project Wingman'. It is truly inspirational to hear what Emma has done since this pandemic started, and it was a real pleasure being able to chat with her, and hear first hand about all everything her and her remarkable team are doing.We hope you enjoy.
A Hug In A Mug (Part 1)
Mar 8 2021
A Hug In A Mug (Part 1)
We've been living in a strange and overall depressing kind of world for a while now... Covid has ripped lives apart, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.Many of us have come to terms with the restrictions, and living our lives the best way we can, and this includes the many thousands upon thousands of airline crew who were made redundant throughout this whole time. Yes, they may have lost their jobs, just like many others, but one such crew saw an opportunity, a possibility to bring a beacon of light in dark times.Captain Emma Henderson MBE is our guest for part 1 of an amazing and uplifting chat that I believe will be one that you will all enjoy listening to, and especially relate to. Emma is the Founder/CEO of 'Project Wingman', a not-for-profit organisation run 100% by volunteers, mainly across the UK. 'Project Wingman' is a collective of ex-airline crew volunteers, who may have been made redundant or furloughed, and are using there time to give back to those doing their utmost during these times - those being the workers of the NHS.Coined by Emma herself, she likes to refer to what these volunteers do as 'a hug in a mug', basically offering the simple thing of a tea or a coffee in a hospital based 'lounge setup', but arguably more importantly an ear... to listen, to show care, to show empathy... just giving someone the time, and letting them know that what they are doing for us is truly being appreciated on a personal level.What Emma has started is truly remarkable, and something that many in the NHS are so very thankful for right now. Throughout the chat, you can really feel how passionate and devoted Emma is to 'Project Wingman'. It is truly inspirational to hear what Emma has done since this pandemic started, and it was a real pleasure being able to chat with her, and hear first hand about all everything her and her remarkable team are doing.We hope you enjoy.
Laying Foundations
Feb 8 2021
Laying Foundations
Close your eyes for just a moment, whisk yourself away to a beach on the tropical island of Zanzibar, in the Indian Ocean. The wind is lightly blowing through your hair, you smell a fresh saltiness in the air as your feet gently sink into the sand as you walk. You hear the innocent laughter of the children playing in the distance and feel such freedom and joy as these moments are ones to treasure in times to come. Then comes a gentle touch on your leg as you walk, you turn and see a pair of beautiful eyes, and a smile so big your heart melts. A little voice speaks up and says... "Pencil?"This little story is a brief, romantic insight into life if you ventured down to this part of the world. However, there's a small part to the story that should really make you think... Why is there a child on a beach asking for a pencil?In this episode we chat with cabin crew Dalila about her experience down on Zanzibar with CR Hope Foundation. Dalila tells us the story of how the foundation began, and what they are doing on the island for the betterment of the children. Sadly, education in the country of Tanzania as a whole, isn't that great, so children are missing out on something so important in their lives. With CR Hope Foundation's core endeavours, and the help of volunteers and donations, they are taking huge strives in pointing the children of Zanzibar in a direction where they have the chance to succeed.As a volunteer, Dalila experienced some amazing moments from her time there, and can really recommend this as something that we can all do... and something we all should do at some point in our lives.
We All Deserve To Celebrate
Jan 18 2021
We All Deserve To Celebrate
It's just one day of every year, one extra special day that we look forward to... maybe not the number attached to it, but a day where we look forward to being spoiled, to spending time with friends, to enjoying some nice food, to having a cake WITH of course candles, and maybe to a cheeky drink. We look forward to a celebration... no matter how old we are.Imagine this though... you have a child, it's their birthday in a week, but you've recently lost your job and you're finding it tough to pay the bills let alone put food on the table. How are you going to give your child the celebration they deserve? You know... a chocolate cake decorated with their favourite character, seeing their eyes light up as they unwrap their presents, playing games with all their friends... and all those happy, gooey feeling that we all love to feel. The feeling of helplessness in this situation no doubt would be unbearable... something none of us would like to experience, and something we never want our children to experience.This is where 'Birthday Bliss' come in... an organisation started in the UAE by a lovely lady named Mika. Mika, along with a group of giving volunteers are helping families who have suffered financially due to Covid. Birthday Bliss are giving children the chance to celebrate their special day, with presents, cakes, balloons... a real joyous occasion.In this episode, we chat with one of the amazing volunteers, Olivia, who is also cabin crew in the region. Olivia gives us an insight her role, an insight into what being a part of Birthday Bliss involves. From collecting gifts to blowing up balloons, but also celebrating with the child on their special day. Olivia also shares with us her experiences on a personal level, and also on how we can all get involved.Birthday Bliss is certainly a fantastic initiative, one that definitely deserves to be supported.We all deserve to celebrate, so let's help to give everyone this opportunity.
Devastation To Deliverance
Dec 28 2020
Devastation To Deliverance
It's 6am, you're waking up to another normal day, if you celebrated Christmas, you are probably getting over the festivities of the day before.You have your breakfast with your family, and say goodbye to your husband as he heads off to work.You hear on the radio some news of goings on around the world, including an earthquake many thousands of miles away off the coast of Sumatra. You don't think much of it as it's now time to get on with your tasks for the day... making the children's beds, having a cup of tea, spending time with the children, and planning a visit in the afternoon to the local markets.The day starts to tick over, but then... Noise...Panic...Violence...Destruction... ...and then an endless void.Sadly, this was the end to a worldly existence for thousands upon thousands on Boxing Day 2004. The earthquake off the coast of Sumatra created a catastrophic tsunami that wiped out huge parts of the Sri Lankan coast. It was nothing that anyone would've expected in their peaceful villages, but what they got was horrible death and destruction.Our guest in this episode is someone that has a close affinity with the country of Sri Lanka, and someone who did his utmost in such horrible circumstances. Heinz, Lufthansa crew, spent time living and working in Sri Lanka prior to this day, gaining many friends, acquaintances, and a general love for the country and its people.This relationship was the catalyst for him embarking on a journey of gratitude to the people as soon as he heard of the horrific news. Through his network, he was able to do so much in return for the people of Sri Lanka in the days following the disaster. With the aim of helping those most in need, he was able to generate a large sum of money, and personally go and do what he could with the money raised. The situation called for people to be special in this time of need, and Heinz really stepped up to this challenge, and really made a huge difference for those who had had their lives ripped apart. Hear as Heinz tells us his story of courage and determination as he lifts the people up with a 'never give up' attitude.