The company, which manages one of the fastest growing container terminals in the world – handling goods arriving into the UK from every corner of the world – employs 500 people from across the South East, with a further 200 working on site for contractors providing services such as catering and security.
The decision to support Meningitis Now came in January 2014 when a ‘much-loved’ young member of the DP World London Gateway team passed away quite suddenly after contracting meningitis. He was just 20-years-old.
Andrew Bowen, Port Operations Director, from DP World London Gateway explained: “Later that year, at the port’s annual charity quiz night a decision was made to raise funds for Meningitis Now - after several team members had also raised money for the charity in memory of their colleague.”
The DP World London Gateway Charity Quiz is held in October or November every year. It sees more than 500 customers, suppliers, contractors and port staff take part in building challenges, general knowledge and port-specific quiz rounds. In just four years, the quizzes – organised by a team of three volunteers – have raised £66,000 for Meningitis Now.
In addition to this, individuals at DP World London Gateway have raised more than £6,000 between them with activities such as mountain climbing and other events. Since 2014, the Essex-based port and its staff have raised more than £70,000 for Meningitis Now.
Harry Gardner, Corporate Account Executive at Meningitis Now, said: “We are so grateful to DP World London Gateway for their continued support.”
“The amount they have raised in four years is absolutely amazing and we can’t thank everyone enough. The enthusiasm and dedication of colleagues will help us to continue raising awareness of meningitis, and support families and individuals who have been affected by the disease.”
The fourth charity quiz in aid of Meningitis Now will take place in October 2018, at Orsett Hall in Thurrock, Essex.