ABP Continues as a Platinum Partner of HEY CU

Associated British Ports (ABP) continues as a Platinum Partner of Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University.

ABP is supporting the charity as it works to ensure children attending school in some of the UK’s most deprived areas, have access to amazing opportunities to help them discover new interests and talents, whilst building self-esteem and confidence.

Across the pandemic the charity had to pause its usual programme of engaging activities and events, to ensure children from disadvantaged backgrounds had support in other ways. During 2020 and 2021 the charity delivered 8,759 wellbeing packs and education packs, along with 817 laptops and tablets to local families, ensuring children could access their school’s remote learning programme during periods of lockdown.

Photo: Rose James, Director of Development at Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University and Simon Bird, Director at ABP Humber (plus Charlie the mascot!)

Simon Bird, Director at ABP Humber, said:

“I really commend the team and their volunteers for the incredible support they gave to families across the pandemic. There is no doubt that the Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University team have made a huge impact on the lives of many disadvantaged children. ABP is delighted that we are able to continue to support the charity with their vital work, both in Hull and the East Riding.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Children's University Director of Development, Rose James said:

“ABP has been one of HEY Children’s University’s Platinum Partners for several years. The past couple years have been tough and thanks to partners like ABP, we are still able to work with the same number of children that we were working with prior to the pandemic, totalling nearly 8,000. Without their continued support, working with that many children would have been out of our reach.

As part of their sponsorship, ABP will be sending 30 children on an experience of a lifetime to Edinburgh, where they will stay the night. They will also be welcoming the children back to the Port of Hull, where they will learn all about ABP’s Humber Ports, and how important the Humber Estuary is. We also hope to start up our annual Humber Cruises again in the next year.”



About ABP 

ABP, the UK’s leading ports group is Keeping Britain Trading with 21 ports and other transport related businesses, creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.

We are driving growth, contributing £7.5 billion to the UK economy every year and supporting over 200,000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to further increase our contribution to regional economies around the UK.


ABP is also an essential partner for the Offshore Wind industry, providing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for over 50% of the sector’s activity, as well as investing in infrastructure to realise future renewable energy generation.


ABP in numbers:

  • ~ 90 million tonnes of cargo handled each year

  • 5,000 hectares of port estate owned

  • 1,000 hectares of open storage

  • 4 million square metres of covered storage

  • 87km of quay

  • > 1.5 million vehicles every year

  • ¼ of the UK’s rail freight generated

  • > £55 million investment made in low emission and renewable energy generation technologies