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PD Ports vessels help hospice continue the good work

[ August 8, 2022   //   ]

A generous £15,000 donation, made up of voluntary contributions from vessels entering the River Tees has enabled Middlesbrough-based Zoё’s Place Baby Hospice to provide a week’s worth of care for six babies.

Alongside the standard dues and charges that vessels are required to pay under legislation, PD Ports, as the Statutory Harbour Authority for the River Tees, also allows for vessels to make voluntary contributions to a port welfare fund – created to give back to the communities and charities that surround the river including the RNLI and High Tide Foundation.

During Marine Week, PD Ports allocated a proportion of that fund to Zoё’s Place as part of their ‘pay for a day’ scheme; a fundraising initiative whereby people, corporations and groups are encouraged to raise £3,000 – the average cost to keep hospice doors open for just one day.

The hospice’s corporate fundraiser Tommy Harrington, commented: “We’re extremely grateful to PD Ports for choosing to support our hospice. The funds donated will help us to continue to provide specialist care for our babies, and we can’t thank PD Ports and the whole river community enough for their amazing donation.”

PD Ports chief executive Frans Calje added: “We are delighted to have been able to make this donation on behalf of the whole river community along the Tees and we are incredibly grateful for the generous donations made by the owners of visiting vessels,” said Frans.

“Zoё’s Place is a truly fantastic charity that continues to provide exceptional care and support to families with children living with life limiting illnesses and to know that this will secure another week of care is incredibly humbling.”