£5000 boost for local charities and groups

June 15, 2015

 Nick Ridehalgh from ABP Southampton (centre in suit) with the 1st and 2nd Southampton Scout Groups

They helped unite a city with their boundless cheer. And now charities and community groups across Southampton are sharing a windfall of £5,000 thanks to ABP Port of Southampton.

The port has donated cash prizes to more than 20 different organisations to thank them for acting as ABP Milemakers during the ABP Southampton Half Marathon in April.

As part of its support of the event the port pledged £200 for every charity or community group that volunteered as an ABP Milemaker. It also set a competition to find the ‘most motivating group’, with a bonus cash prize of £500.

This week port director Nick Ridehalgh visited the winners of the ‘most motivating group’ competition, the 1st and 2nd Southampton Scouts. Both groups were voted by runners as equally motivating so the port decided to hand them both a £500 reward, as well as their £200 each for taking part.

Nick Ridehalgh, said: “The runners certainly picked very worthy winners. I was among those taking part on the day and both Scout groups were absolutely fantastic, spurring people on and waving some brilliant banners. My thanks go to these and all the other ABP Milemakers who helped make the event a huge success.”

Race director, Chris Rees, added: “The ABP Southampton Half Marathon is about so much more than running; it’s about bringing an entire city together. That’s exactly what the ABP Milemakers and other spectators did on the day and we are incredibly grateful for their support.”

For the 2nd Southampton Scouts the £700 donation from ABP Southampton will make a huge difference. It will mean they can invest in new equipment such as tents and help fund a group trip to the Netherlands. Meanwhile the 1st Southampton Scout and Cub group plans to use its money to take part in a number of activities next year to celebrate 100 years of Scouts and Cubs.

Other beneficiaries of the £5,000 total include the YMCA, Southampton Sight, The Waterfall Trust and Wessex Heartbeat. To see videos of the ABP Milemakers talking about how they will spend their money visit www.abpsouthamptonhalf.co.uk

The first ever ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10k took place on April 26, 2015. It attracted 6000 runners and up to 30,000 spectators. Next year’s event will take place on April 24 and feature a new and improved route through the city, taking in even more iconic landmarks.