Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

DP World London Gateway dig deep for Meningitis Now

Andy Hopkinson | 7th March 2021

Our good friends at DP World London Gateway have not let the pandemic stop them from raising much-needed funds

DP World London Gateway dig deep to fundraise for Meningitis Now

The Essex-based company has recently donated a fabulous £11,875 towards our work, despite their annual fundraising quiz not taking place last year.

Instead, DP World London Gateway asked customers and suppliers, many of whom would normally attend the annual quiz, if they could make a donation. And dig deep they certainly did!

This generous donation brings the total DP World London Gateway has raised since they first started supporting us to a whopping £119,231.05.

Much-loved team member

The company manages one of the fastest growing container terminals in the world, handling goods arriving into the UK from every corner of the world and employs 500 people from across the South East.

It chose to support us in January 2014 when a ‘much-loved’ young member of the DP World London Gateway team, who was just 20 years old, died quite suddenly after contracting meningitis.

Sarah Ramsay, our Partnerships Manager, said: “This is an incredible amount, especially during these challenging times when other funding channels are not available to us. Thank you to everyone who contributed – it will make a massive difference.

Grateful for ongoing support

“We’re so grateful to everyone at DP World London Gateway for their ongoing support of our work.”

In more ‘normal’ years our Community Ambassadors Bob and Barbara Johnson represent us at the quiz and give a speech about their experience and the work of the charity. Bob and Barbara, from Essex, lost their son James to meningococcal group B in May 1991, since when they have been highly-valued supporters of our work.

The DP World London Gateway Charity Quiz is held in the autumn every year. It sees more than 400 customers, suppliers, contractors and staff take part in building challenges, general knowledge and industry specific quiz rounds. It’s hoped the quiz will return in autumn this year.

Enthusiasm and dedication

Sarah added: “The amount DP World London Gateway has raised over the years is absolutely amazing. Their enthusiasm and dedication will enable us to continue raising awareness of meningitis and supporting individuals and families who have been impacted by this devastating disease. 

“On behalf of everyone associated with Meningitis Now, thank you so much.”

A spokesperson for DP World in the UK added: “Our people are delighted to have been able to do what we can to help everyone at Meningitis Now, who continue to carry out their vital work brilliantly despite the exceptionally difficult circumstances of the last 12 months.”