The Port of Blyth has concluded it’s 2023 Christmas appeal which brought together the Port, its staff, customers, and suppliers to drive awareness, volunteer and raise funds for families and individuals in need within the community.

This year, the Port wanted to go the extra mile for those who need it most and has made a considerable donation of £2,920 to Blyth Foodbank as a result of their fundraising efforts.

The Port created a Just Giving page and encouraged staff and businesses from around the Blyth Estuary to donate, along with promoting the appeal on their social media channels to raise the profile of the appeal within Blyth and its surrounding areas.

Not only did the Port fundraise throughout December, but Port of Blyth employees also volunteered at the food bank, helping to organise donations and pack food parcels; as well as partaking in a charity spin bike cycle event in partnership with Puregym Blyth, where staff cycled 48 miles to raise money.

There was also a collection of selection boxes amongst staff so that those who have very little can enjoy a few treats this Christmas.

Around the Blyth Estuary, there is a cluster of almost 500 individuals working across 50 companies and by working together the Port of Blyth has made a huge difference this Christmas.

The donations received have been fantastic, with several businesses including TEXO, NRL Group, Helidragon Ltd, Voe Marine, Perfect Print and Promotions, Thompsons of Prudhoe, Geos Group and JK Lifting donating up to £500 each to support this extremely worthy cause.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at Port of Blyth, commented: “The support we have received this Christmas period has been nothing short of outstanding and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year’s Christmas Appeal. This is a testament to the fantastic supply chain we have here in Blyth, who work together commercially but also to support the local community”.

Yvonne Tracey, Blyth Foodbank, added: “We are extremely grateful to the Port for their support and to everyone who contributed to the appeal, your donations allow us to continue to deliver our vital food parcel service to those in need in the community.