Golfer and philanthropist Justin Rose partners with British Airways to raise funds and awareness for the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation



Following his pivotal role in the European Team’s winat Gleneagles this weekend, the former US Open champion Justin Rosecontinued to soar high by demonstrating his shot making skill from the wing of a British Airways Boeing 747.

Celebrating  the  partnership  between  British Airways and the 34-year-old Englishman,the  airline  helped to raise funds and awareness for the Kateand  Justin  Rose  Foundation, which was set up by the golfing star and hiswife to inspire children through nutrition, education, and experiences.

Rose was joined by former England football captain and BBC Match of the Daypresenter  GaryLineker,  Ex-Liverpool  midfielder  Jamie Redknapp, formerEngland  and Arsenal striker Ian Wright and fashion icon, Jodie Kidd at theairline’s engineering hangar in London. Standing  on the wing of a British Airways 747, which has a wingspan of 64mand average height of 6.1m above the ground, Rose hit a succession of ballsat a target 180 yards away to secure flights for the charity.Gary  Lineker,  Jamie Redknapp, Ian Wright and Jodie Kidd, who are all keengolfers,took  turns  practicing their swing before trying to emulate Rose’s successaiming at the 160 yard target.

Representing  Europe  in  his  third  Ryder Cup but his first on home soil,Justin’s   emotions  were  still  running  high  after  the  team’s  secondsuccessive victory in the biennial tournament. “The team played outstandingthis  weekend  and it’s a fantastic feeling to come out of the Ryder Cup asthe  winning team again, to carry that adrenaline with me on to the wing ofthe British Airways 747 before flying the aircraft back across the Atlanticwas  a special thrill,” said Rose. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the challengeand  I am grateful to British Airways for donating flights towards the Kateand  Justin  Rose  Foundation  –  it  will  make  a  huge difference to ourcampaign.”

Frank  van  der  Post,  British  Airways  managing  director  of brands andcustomer experience, said: “We are delighted to work with Justin once againas  he is one of British sports’ most iconic characters. We were pleased toalso provide flights to the Justin and Kate Rose Foundation and support thegreat work they do.”

Rose,  who  became the first English player in 17 years to win a major whenhe  lifted  the  US Open title last year, will head to Dubai in November tocompete  in  the  European Tour’s finale of the Race to Dubai, the DP WorldTour  Championship,  held  at  the Jumeirah Golf Estates in the United ArabEmirates.