21 November 2014

Seven of Shoreham Port’s employees were put through their paces this year raising money for local charities. Despite training during the infamous winter storms, Bob Weaver, Matt Linscer and Tim Hague completed the Brighton Marathon back in April. Bob Weaver, Dockworker at Shoreham Port ran the marathon in aid of the Bon Accord Nursing Home in Hove. Matt Linscer, also a Dockworker at Shoreham Port completed the gruelling 26 miles in aid of St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing, and Tim Hague, Shoreham Port’s Property Manager donated sponsorship monies to Cancer Research

Bob commented “Just a little challenge! To help the residents at the Bon Accord enjoy their twilight years!” Matt said “I always said I would do something in memory of my sister and WOW, I did it! It was a truly amazing and soul searching experience.” Tim commented “the marathon was gruelling, but a thrilling event to take part in, an ambition achieved and a fantastic opportunity to contribute”.

Lyndsay King, who joined Shoreham Port in the spring, took part in the St Barnabas House Hospice ‘Night to Remember’. The Night to Remember is a sponsored walk that takes place in Worthing every July where enthusiastic walkers begin their walk of 7, 13.1 or 20 miles around the streets of Worthing, starting at midnight.

Lyndsay commented “I took part in the event to remember a close friend who was cared for in her last days at St Barnabas House in Worthing, and to help raise money to support the hospice. We completed the walk in just over 2 hours and 20 minutes which was within our target. I would like to thank Shoreham Port for their contribution as it helped our group ‘Julies Gems’ reach our target of raising £2,200.”

In June, keen cyclists Nicky Goldsbrough and Paul Watts took to the saddle to take on the mighty challenge of the London to Brighton Bike Ride. The 54 mile course saw Nicky and Paul navigate their way around multiple busy roundabouts before being faced with the seemingly never ending – Ditchling Beacon!

Nicky Goldsbrough, Shoreham Port’s Corporate Services Manager commented “The event was a lot of fun and it was such a worthwhile cause to be fundraising for. I’d like to thank everyone that sponsored me for the event and for the encouragement to beat the Beacon!”  

Paul, Senior Coxswain/Assistant Lockmaster added “After a break of 9 years since I last completed the British Heart Foundation event it was good to know I could still rise to the challenge - and ride up the Beacon too!”

Paul was also part of a small team who organised the annual Southwick Beer Festival in May, which this year raised £7,000 towards refurbishment funds for Southwick Community Centre.

And last but by no means least; Luke Walker, Fabricator/Welder at the Port completed the Great South Run in October, raising money for Cancer Research. Luke commented “I’d be lying if I said it was easy! But it was great fun running the race. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me.”

Sara Bassett, Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “As a Trust Port we aim to support as many local charities as possible each month and we are extremely proud of our staff for their achievements this year. It takes a lot of dedication and will power to commit to such ambitious challenges like these and they have all done incredibly well fundraising for such worthy causes.”