Thursday, January 5, 2017

Deep Water Container Port and Logistics Park Raise Charity Funds - Again

DP World London Gateway Team Support Good Causes for Fifth Year
Shipping News Feature
UK – Once again the shipping and logistics sector stood up to be counted in the name of charity recently when DP World London Gateway hosted its fifth annual charity quiz night with the port and logistics park team raising £40,000, bringing the total raised at such events in the past lustrum to £160,000. Customers and suppliers came together at Orsett Hall, close to the new Thames side deep water container port, for a night of fun and fundraising, putting their jigsaw skills and knowledge of the London Gateway facilities to the test.

As it has in the previous two years, all money raised this year will be split between Benfleet-based Little Haven’s Hospice and Meningitis Now. Andrew Bowen, Head of Technical and Engineering at DP World London Gateway, was quizmaster for the night. His tough questions on the Port and Park development saw many teams fall by the way-side, but it was law firm Norton Rose Fulbright who emerged as winners.

A silent auction and raffle, which included prizes such as a signed West Ham United football shirt, iPads, iPhones, TVs and a helicopter ride, all donated by companies working with DP World London Gateway, raised more than £11,000. There is of course a serious side to these events and Louis Van-Looy, a young ambassador for Meningitis Now, gave a touching talk to attendees about the impact meningitis has had on his family, the cruel disease having taken the life of his uncle in 1991. Harry Gardner, Corporate Account Executive, Meningitis Now, said:

“We are so delighted by this significant donation. It will have a huge impact on our work and those that we support whose lives have been devastated by meningitis.”

Our photograph shows Dee Anderson who spoke of the incredible work Little Havens Hospice does for children suffering with life-limiting illnesses, after the South Essex facility cared for her daughter Katie before she died in 2015 aged 13. Dee told the audience:

“In Katie’s final days they didn’t just look after Katie, they looked after me and all my family. They made sure I ate and drank regularly and Katie was never left on her own for one minute.”

Little Havens were also delighted to once again receive funds from the event with Tanya King, Corporate Fundraiser at Little Havens Hospice saying:

“Having a child with a life-limiting illness, or coping with the death of a child is something most of us couldn’t even contemplate. Whether a child is in our care for years, months, weeks or sometimes just hours, it’s about making every day count for them and their families, like Dee’s. Little Havens is a special place but it could not exist without support from the community and businesses like DP World.

“I can’t thank them enough for holding such a successful event. Little Havens must raise £46,000 every week so every penny raised will enable us to continue caring for children and families across Essex when they need us most.”

The hard work put in by the team at London Gateway in arranging yet another successful event did not pass unnoticed with Chris Lewis, CEO, DP World London Gateway observing:

“These two charities do incredible and invaluable work both in the local and wider community and we’re proud to be able to support them so successfully. I would like to thank our excellent customers and suppliers who plough their support into the event, by attending and donating prizes. It’s fantastic to see that so many people get behind these wonderful causes.

“Raising £160,000, just through charity quiz nights, over the course of five years is a great achievement and I’d like to thank Andrew, Liz Barker, Lesleyann Beardwell and Kelly Pullen for their support in pulling the event together.”