ABP races for a wheely worthy cause!

ABP Hull staff enjoyed a rip-roaring success as not only did they cross the finish line in second place at a popular kart race, The Soapbox Derby,  but they also raised funds for local underprivileged children.

Kind-hearted staff based at the Port of Hull 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 minutes and 26 seconds at the annual event near the Humber Bridge. With the help of Drury Engineering, they built the kart from scratch and already have plans in place for next year’s event!

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 have opportunities and to be inspired by trips they might not have necessarily had the chance to take part in.

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

Matty Howland, ABP Source to Pay Lead, raced at the event, he added: “There was plenty of excitement behind the wheel, however the most thrilling part is to achieve this full-filling end result.”

The leading port operator, ABP, already has ties with HEY as they offer regular trips to children around the port estate and have 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 staff to support the community as much as possible and this is a fantastic example of just some of our many commendable projects.”