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All in a good cause – PD Ports donates £50K to charities and communities

[ December 22, 2020   //   ]

PD Ports has donated £50,000 to various charities and initiatives across the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During December, the port operator made £40,000 worth of donations to both local and national causes from Teesport to the Isle of Wight, reinforcing its recently bestowed ‘UK Business Hero’ title as awarded by the British Chamber of Commerce.

The donations build on the £10,000 already donated by PD Ports at the height of the pandemic.

Chief executive Frans Calje said: “We recognise the challenges, particularly economically, that the pandemic has brought and also the impact that such challenges have on our mental health. We sincerely hope that these donations can lessen the burden on the most vulnerable in our local communities and enable people nationwide to enjoy the Christmas period without worry.”

Recipients included the Tech for Kids fund in Middlesbrough which received a £5,000 donation towards the provision of laptops and various other technologies and £5,000 for the Headlight Project, set up in memory of Russ Devereux, to support its work in building emotional resilience in schoolchildren.

Middlesbrough based Moses Project was also in receipt of a £5,000 donation for its work supporting adult males with past and current addictions, as well as mental health issues.

Another beneficiary was  the UK’s only baby-specific hospice, Zoë’s Place, which has three hospices across the UK including one in Middlesbrough.

PD Ports also donated £3,000 to Age UK Teesside to provide small luxuries for those most isolated over Christmas.

As well as local causes, donations were also made to national charities that sit close to the port operator’s heart including The British Heart Foundation, Cash for Kids, Brain Tumour Charity and Help for Heroes.