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DP World London Gateway raises £35,000 for local charities

05 December 2018

DP World London Gateway’s annual charity quiz, which took place on Thursday November 1 at Orsett Hall Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Grays, has raised over £35,000 for charities, Little Havens Children’s Hospice and Meningitis Now.

Great fun was had by nearly 400 customers, suppliers and employees as they went ‘head-to-head’ in general knowledge and claimed top prizes - including an iPad, a signed England rugby shirt, a chance to drive quay crane and the opportunity to play golf at the world’s top courses - in the prize raffle and silent auction.

The evening’s top challenge to build a K’nex ferris wheel in 20 minutes was won by Castlepoint Motors, with Norton Rose Fulbright solicitors declared the overall quiz.  Despite quiz master, Andrew Bowen, Head of Port Operations for DP World London Gateway’s renowned tricky questions that this year included knowing the price of a bag of cement and the stopping distance for a truck.

Speaking at the event Lauren Summers, Deputy Ward Sister at Little Havens explained how just £25 can pay for one hours nursing care, providing children living with life limiting or life threatening illnesses, and their families, the support that they deserve.

Steve Dayman, co-founder of Meningitis Now, spoke of losing his son Spencer to meningitis nearly 32 years ago and how this experience inspired him and his wife, Gloria, to set up Meningitis Now. 

Speaking about the company’s fundraising efforts, Chris Lewis, CEO, DP World in the UK, commented:

“It is a pleasure to yet again be able to make a substantial donation to two charities that provide people with valuable support and resources. Kudos must go to the staff team that helped organise such a great night, as well as a thank you to everyone that gave so generously.  In its five years of business, DP World London Gateway has raised nearly £250,000 for local causes; we are proud to contribute to work that makes a real impact on people’s lives.”

Little Haven Hospice helps control pain and medication, support families and offers short breaks and care for children and babies at the end of their lives.

Meningitis Now is working towards a future where no one in the UK loses their life to Meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need. It does this by funding research inti vaccines and prevention, raising awareness so that people know what to look for and what action to take if they suspect meningitis as well as rebuilding futures by providing support to those whose lives have been affected by the disease.