£15,000 cheque for Carl and Amy thanks to ABP and partners

L-r: ABP Charity Challenge Coordinator Lizi Sayner; Amy & Carl Giblin; Jim Armour, Project Manager, GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture.

ABP and its partners the GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group Joint Venture (JV) have presented a cheque for more than £15,000 to local man Carl Giblin and his wife Amy.

Carl, from Bilton, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2013. He and Amy are expecting their first child in a few weeks.

ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole Mark Frith explains why MND charities were selected by ABP as its fundraising recipients for 2015.

“ABP has raised money for MND before, following the diagnosis of former Grimsby and Immingham Director Nick Palmer in 2006,” said Mark. “Carl Giblin was selected as a fitting recipient by staff, and we decided we’d like to also donate some money to the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neurosciences, which does truly fantastic work in the field and has helped both Carl and Nick.

“We sadly lost Nick in September last year but we hope these donations go some way towards helping Carl and others who continue to battle this terrible disease.”

ABP and the GRAHAM Lagan Construction Group JV, which is currently working with ABP on Siemens’ Alexandra Dock project, handed the couple a cheque for more than £15,000 following a year of fundraising, which included cake sales, sponsored walks, a golf day and a marathon 200-mile cycle ride from Hillsborough in Northern Ireland, which is the site of the GRAHAM headquarters, to Grimsby.

Both JV and ABP staff got involved in the ride, which raised almost £50,000, with the funds split between Humber-based CatZero and ABP’s two charities – Carl Giblin and the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neurosciences (SITraN), which conducts research into MND and related conditions.

Carl and Amy are hoping to use the donation to fund a new wheelchair and a vehicle, which will enable Carl to get out and about more easily.

Amy said: "It would be great to get Carl a new wheelchair with a head rest, and also perhaps a car that we can get the wheelchair in. At the moment Carl rarely goes out as we have a lot of trouble getting his chair into taxis as he's so tall. This makes his anxiety and panic attacks much worse.

"A new, more comfortable wheelchair, and a car that can accommodate us would give us much more flexibility and hopefully allow Carl to be less anxious about leaving the house, meaning we can make his hospital visits less stressful for him and also have a day out as a new family."