Home Associations ABP Humber continues its support for Motor Neurone Disease charities
Lizi Sayner ABP Charity Challenge Coordinator (left) with Carl and Amy Giblin (image courtesy of ABP/ David Lee Photography

Lizi Sayner ABP Charity Challenge Coordinator (left) with Carl and Amy Giblin (image courtesy of ABP/ David Lee Photography

Associated British Ports (ABP) on the Humber is continuing its support of Motor Neurone Disease charities following a successful campaign in 2008, which saw the Humber ports raise £200, 000 for the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Now, the company’s fundraising efforts will be used to help former footballer Carl Giblin, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2013.

A proportion of the funds will also be donated to SITraN, part of the Sheffield Motor Neurone Disorders Care and Research Centre, which offers multi-disciplinary care and support to patients and carers living with MND and is the facility which currently oversees Carl’s care.

ABP Director Humber, John Fitzgerald explains why ABP staff voted for MND as their nominated charity.

He said: “MND is a cruel disease which seems to strike people in their prime. Carl’s name was put forward by one of our colleagues and his journey really struck a chord with us as one of our former colleagues, Nick Palmer, the former port director for Grimsby and Immingham, has also been diagnosed with the disease.

“It seemed right to concentrate our efforts on MND again, to help Carl obtain some of the equipment he needs, and to help fund research into this terrible condition. I know the staff here on the Humber will come up with a range of creative ways to raise money and they’ll put their all into fundraising like they did last year.”

MND is a terminal, degenerative condition that affects the Motor Neurones. It attacks the muscles until they waste away, leaving the sufferer trapped in their own body, unable to move, speak and eventually breathe.

Until his diagnosis in September 2013, Carl was fit and healthy and loved playing football every week. Now, he is quickly losing the ability to walk, his speech is deteriorating and he can no longer lift his arms.

Carl, who lives in Hull, is supported by his wife Amy and his extended family and friends, who work hard to fundraise as well as make his life as comfortable as possible.

He and Amy are grateful for the support of ABP and they’re looking forward to working with the company to help raise money for MND research and raise awareness of the condition.

He said: “”I was incredibly overwhelmed to find out I would be ABP’s nominated charity. I’m so grateful that not only will they be able to help me with things like an electric wheelchair, it also means that we can raise money for the Research Centre at Sheffield which is also vital in searching for the a cure.

“I know the awareness ABP will bring to the cause will also be fantastic and I am really looking forward to seeing what they have in store over the next few months!”

Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, SITraN Director said: “I am delighted that Associated British Ports has made SITraN its nominated charity. SITraN is an international centre of excellence for MND research.

“Our multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians combine all the key research skills and expertise under one roof to accelerate the development of new treatments and make them available to patients as quickly as possible. The support from organisations such as ABP makes a powerful difference by helping to fund specialist equipment, cutting-edge technologies and research programmes, and training the next generation of MND researchers.

“I would like to thank ABP for its generous support. By working together we can find new ways to improve the lives of MND patients, to better manage and eventually beat this cruel disease by developing effective treatments.”

Through its internal Charity Challenge Committee ABP has already set about the task of organising a raft of fundraising events to raise money for Carl and SITraN. Previous fundraising activities have included a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a celebrity dinner and auction, a golf day and an inter-port football tournament, as well a port open day which attracted more than 5000 visitors to the Port of Hull.


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.

ABP Humber

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.

The University of Sheffield 
SITraN is a research facility at The University of Sheffield. With almost 26, 000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1, 200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields. Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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