After a year of fundraising to mark the 100th birthday of Port of Hull’s King George Dock, Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber has handed over a cheque worth £70, 000 to Marfleet Primary School.
The school was chosen as the company’s Charity of the Year for 2014, following a visit by ABP Director Humber, John Fitzgerald.
“The school was clearly struggling to accommodate its pupils in a tiny Victorian building which is flanked by heavy industry, ” said John.
“As it was originally built to educate the children of dockworkers it seemed fitting that we did something that would help the school to grow so children from different school years didn’t have to share classrooms and would benefit from an improved learning environment. These are the employees of the future so it’s important they get the best start they can.
“We set ourselves the task of raising £50, 000 during our Centenary year, for a new classroom and I’m proud to say that with the help of our partners, customers, suppliers and colleagues from across the group, we’ve beaten that original target by quite some margin. I should also thank Archbishop Sentamu Academy, which has provided much-needed support throughout the fundraising process.”
Throughout 2014 ABP staff from across the Humber threw themselves into fundraising for the school, organising port open days, sponsored walks, inter-port football matches, golf days and cake sales. Some of the more unusual activities included a clay pigeon shoot and a charity ‘dunk’ courtesy of Humber Offshore Training Association (HOTA) and its helicopter simulator.
One of the most successful events was a charity dinner with former England manager Kevin Keegan, who generously gave his time to support ABP’s fundraising efforts. The dinner was attended by ABP staff, customers and partners and raised a more than £20, 000.
Acting Head Teacher of Marfleet Primary School Antonia Saunders was delighted to accept the cheque and expressed her gratitude to the staff and partners of ABP.
She said: “This sum of money is beyond our wildest dreams. We knew that the staff from ABP would work hard to raise as much money as they could for us, but we underestimated their levels of dedication and commitment. We are incredibly grateful.”
Macy Turner (9) said: “This money is going to make a big difference to us. Our old classroom is too small and year five and six have to share it, which means the teacher has to set lots of different learning objectives which is very hard. A new classroom will make a really big difference.”
Jodie Lee (11) said she was ‘happy’ and ‘astonished’ by the amount of money ABP had managed to raise. She said it was ‘lots more than we imagined.’
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
Around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade passes through ABP’s Statutory Harbour Areas. ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
- Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013.
- Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
- Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
- Has 1000 hectares of open storage
- Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
- Owns 5000 hectares of port estate
- Has 87km of quay
Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.
The four ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole handle more than 65 million tonnes of cargo between them each year.
Grimsby and Immingham form the UK’s busiest trading gateway and move around 54 million tonnes of cargo per annum.
£130-plus million is currently being invested in the biomass handling terminal in Immingham, in a Humber-wide agreement with Drax Power Ltd that has seen £25 million invested in a biomass handling facility in Hull. The Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal handles sustainable biomass shipments and will create over 100 permanent jobs once complete. The construction phase has also created 100 employment opportunities.
The Port of Hull handles 10 million tonnes of cargo per annum and is the is the focal point for the development of the UK’s largest offshore wind turbine construction, assembly, and service facility, which will be located on the Port’s Alexandra Dock. This new facility, coupled with a new rotor blade manufacturing base near Paull to the east of the port estate, represents a £310 million investment and could create up to 1000 direct jobs.
The Grimsby River Terminal represents an investment of £26 million and allows large car-carrying ships to berth outside the Port’s lock system. This development confirms the Port’s position as the UK’s leading automotive handling facility.
More than the equivalent of 1million teus (twenty foot equivalent unit) of unitised trade is shipped through ABP Humber ports.
Ro-ro and container traffic represents more than 30 sailings a week to Europe, Scandinavia the Baltic and beyond.
The Humber ports handle more than 70 freight train movements per day.
Goole is situated 50 miles upriver and is the UK’s premier inland port. It handles over two million tonnes of cargo annually.