Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals have put their own lives at risk to help others most in need. In a show of solidarity, easyJet captain Emma Henderson co-founded Project Wingman at the height of the UK lockdown, to provide support for the National Health Service and boost morale with NHS staff, as Lee Cross discovers
The pandemic has created a crisis never previously seen in the modern world. As passenger demand catastrophically dropped overnight, airline flight crew, including the author, were put onto furlough. During the grounding, one easyJet captain, Emma Henderson, wanted to create an initiative that would benefit the hardworking NHS staff through close support – such as communal rest areas – during these traumatic times. With assistance from fellow furloughed aircrew, Project Wingman was born.