ABP Hull donates to a wheely worthy cause

By Associated British Ports | Posted: 1 Aug 2018

A team of cart racers from ABP Hull enjoyed a rip-roaring success in the Humber Bridge Soapbox Derby, as not only did they cross the finishing line in second place, but they also raised funds for a local children’s charity.

ABP’s team raised over £1,400 for Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University to enable local little ones to take part in an educational trip to London.

The aptly named ‘Hi-Viz’ crew were awarded Best Corporate Team and overall second place with a time of 35.262 seconds, at the annual event near the Humber Bridge. With the help of Drury Engineering, they built the cart from scratch and already have plans in place for next year’s event, to improve on their hard-fought second place.

Glenn Silburn, ABP Maintenance Manager, led the build and supported the team on the day. He said: "Not only did we have fantastic fun, but more importantly we are enabling local children to be inspired by experiences they might not necessarily have had the chance to take part in. 

“We’re already looking forward to next year’s event and to raising even more funds for local charitable causes.”

Matty Howland, from ABP’s Port Business Services, raced at the event. He added: “There was plenty of excitement behind the wheel, however the most thrilling part is to achieve this fulfilling end result.”

The leading port operator, ABP, already has ties with HEY as it offers regular trips around the port estate to children and has donated £5,000 this year to become Silver Partners with the local charity.

Rosanna James, Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University Partnership Manager, said: “We are extremely grateful to ABP for their continued support for our charity and we feel very lucky to be able to work with such a kind group of people to help inspire local children.”

The money raised from the Soapbox Derby will fund the delivery of a ‘London Experience’ for a class of children, giving them their very first trip out of Hull.

Simon Bird, ABP Humber Director, concluded: “We encourage all of our staff to make a difference by supporting the community as much as possible and this is a fantastic example of just some of our many exciting projects.”

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