ABP Southampton announces 2016 Charity of the Year

February 11, 2016

A Hampshire charity that offers both respite breaks and support to young carers and vulnerable children across the UK has been announced as ABP Southampton’s charity of the year 2016.

Over the last five years the port has raised over £150,000 for local charities. Now, following a vote by staff, The Honeypot Children’s Charity, based in the New Forest, has been chosen as ABP Southampton’s charity of the year.

The Honeypot Children’s Charity is the only charity in the UK to provide respite breaks and on-going outreach support throughout a child’s formative years. The charity gives young carers a break from demanding responsibilities at home and provides a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.

Emma Larter, regional fundraising manager at the charity, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been taken on as ABP Southampton’s charity of the year. As a local charity it means a lot to us to have the support of local businesses. We know that ABP raises a fantastic amount each year and all the staff get fully involved, which really is wonderful. The Honeypot Children’s Charity is trying to increase our corporate partnerships here in the region and this is a great step towards that. We are really looking forward to working with ABP this year.”

Port Director, Nick Ridehalgh, said: “Everyone at the port is really proud of our fundraising record and of how we have been able to make a difference to the work of some fantastic Hampshire causes. The team here put a lot of effort and energy into raising money and I know that, already, they are hard at work dreaming up ways to support the important work of The Honeypot Children’s Charity.”

Last year port staff took part in events such as the ABP Half Marathon and 10k and the New Forest Triathlon to raise over £20,000 for homelessness charity The Society of St James.

To find out more about The Honeypot Children’s Charity and its work visit: www.honeypot.org.uk