Port of Ipswich spreads Christmas spirit with festive donation

December 11, 2017

Image caption: Paul Ager (left) and Andrew Harston (right), of ABP, present a cheque to Ipswich Mayor Sarah Barber for the Mayor's Charities, at the Christmas tree lights switch on, which took place at ABP's Old Custom House building

ABP’s Port of Ipswich has celebrated the start of the Christmas season with a festive lights switch on at Old Customs House and further donations to the Mayor’s Charities.

As part of the event, Ipswich Mayor, Councillor Sarah Barber switched on the Christmas tree lights at Old Customs House’s entrance, bathing the iconic Waterfront 19th century building in light.

The Mayor was also presented with a £500 cheque for the Mayor’s Charities, bringing the total donated by ABP in 2017 to these charities up to £2,500. The Mayor’s nominated charities this year are FIND – Families in Need, Lighthouse - Women’s Aid Ipswich and The Ipswich Hospital Charity.

The Mayor, said: “This is another chance for the town to sparkle in the run up to Christmas and I am grateful to ABP Ipswich for the opportunity to help light up the port. I am also delighted by the donation to my charities. Christmas is a good time for remembering those who don’t have much to celebrate and ABP will be playing its part in providing some seasonal cheer.”

Earlier this year, ABP Ipswich partnered with local independent cycling store, Elmy Cycles and Ipswich Borough Council to run a series of cycling challenges to raise funds for the Mayor’s charities.

Paul Ager, ABP Divisional Port Manager, East Coast, said: “As the proud occupiers of Old Customs House, which is a symbol of Ipswich’s glorious past as a port town for more than a thousand years, we are delighted to decorate the building, bringing Christmas cheer to the Ipswich waterfront.

“There is hardly a better way of spreading the spirit of Christmas than supporting and nurturing the communities surrounding our ports, which is why we regularly raise funds for charity.”