ABP 100-mile Charity Bike Ride raises funds for St Elizabeth Hospice

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Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading ports group, organised a 100-mile charity bike ride for colleagues and customers, which saw more than £2400 raised for St Elizabeth Hospice, bringing the total amount ABP has raised or donated to support the charity to more than £17,000 in the last 12 months.

The race, sponsored by Taydal (taydal.com), covered a distance of 100 miles, stretching from ABP’s Head Office in London to the picturesque Ipswich Haven Marina. Situated in the Wet Dock at the Port of Ipswich, the award-winning marina has been attracting visitors to the area since its opening in 2000.

Speaking about the charity bike ride, Paul Ager, ABP East Anglia Divisional Port Manager, said: “It is great that our colleagues and customers have come together again to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. At ABP we care about supporting local communities and we always have a great deal of fun doing it.”

This year, ABP is also supporting the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 art trail, which has been brought to Ipswich by St Elizabeth Hospice alongside creative partners Wild in Art. This is the third time the company is taking part in an art trail to support the hospice, with £200,000 raised in 2016 by the ‘Pigs Go Wild’ and £260,000 raised in 2019 by ‘Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk’ art trails.

Liz Baldwin, Corporate and Sponsorship Fundraising Manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “It is fantastic that ABP is organising this bike ride to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice. We are grateful for their support throughout the years, which has helped us continue our vital work to improve lives.

“As an independent charity, the generous support of the community and local organisations, such as ABP, are so important in enabling us to continue to deliver and expand our services. Every penny raised really does make a difference.”