ABP South Wales joins GAFT Cycle Relay in aid of the Farming Community Network Charity

September 7, 2018

Left: ABP South Wales cycle team at the finishing point in Hereford.

A team of cyclists from ABP South Wales have taken part in a charity relay ride organised by the UK Grain and Feed Trade Association.

The Grain and Feed Trade (GAFT) Cycle Relay pulled together teams from member companies around the UK to raise funds for the Farming Community Network (FCN), by cycling in a relay ride around the principal feed mills, ports, grain stores and supply trade businesses sites in the UK.

The port of Newport, which is owned and operated by ABP South Wales, was chosen as the starting point for Day 36 of the relay due to its connections with the grain and feed trading industries. The team cycled 60 miles from the Port of Newport to the offices of grain trader, Thomas Mawer, in Hereford.

ABP South Wales is a member of the Bristol Corn and Feed Trade Association and the Port of Newport was a natural choice for taking part in the event as it is a regional hub for handling animal feed and fertiliser.

Callum Couper, Port Manager, ABP South Wales, said: “The ABP South Wales team were delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the GAFT Cycle Relay for a great charity.

“Our ports in South Wales service the agricultural sector throughout Wales, South West England and the Midlands, and we are well aware of the important work undertaken by FCN supporting farmers and families in the farming community.”

The handling of animal feed and fertiliser is a growing sector at the Port of Newport with several customers utilising stevedoring services and occupying warehouses at the port. In 2017, the port handled 14% more fertiliser and 54% more animal feed when compared to 2016.

The GAFT charity relay cycle ride started in London before heading on a 4,000 mile tour of the UK. The event has raised over £50,000 for the Farming Community Network. To find out further information and to donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GAFT