More than £22,000 Raised by Port for Community Christmas

Warrenpoint Port today announced that it has raised £22,062 for its Community Christmas Appeal. This money has gone directly towards supporting 43 different community projects, events, activities, and charities in the local area. In the coming weeks, the Port will be profiling many of the organisations who have benefitted from the fund.

This is the second year that Warrenpoint Port has organised a Community Christmas fundraising appeal with more than £34,000 donated locally over the two years.

David Holmes, CEO, Warrenpoint Port said, “We are absolutely delighted to be putting more than £22,000 back into the local community this January. Some of this money has already been distributed over Christmas, for example to pay for Christmas dinner for 25 families currently receiving Women’s Aid support. Over the last couple of weeks, we were able to fund new giant candy canes as part of the spectacular Christmas lights display in Omeath; pay for one month’s supply of oxygen for Newry & Mourne MS Community Therapy Centre; fund a Christmas party activity for young people in Barcroft community and for young people in Warrenpoint through the Cabbage Patchers; as well as providing snacks for those taking part in the Burren Townland Community Run on Boxing Day.

“We are very pleased this year however, that many of the activities extend beyond Christmas with support for Warrenpoint Men’s Sheds with the installation of a dust extraction system; and provisions for Warrenpoint Art Club, the Camera Club, Newry Rowing Club, The Currach Club, the local Sunday School, as well as many of the local schools. The Community Christmas Fund will also be providing a bereavement support day for families at Southern Area Hospice; providing winter hats for the Hiking Hens, funding a road safety initiative in Burren and supporting sports development in the local area through Warrenpoint Town FC, St Peter’s GAA, Clonduff Hurling, and Newry Rugby Club. We also had numerous requests for projectors for cinema nights for local youth groups. It really is amazing to see so many organisations benefitting from this fund.”

David Holmes continued, “We could not do this activity without the very generous support of our own team, our customers, port users and stakeholders. We would like to thank every single business and person who contributed including our own staff and board members; Seatruck, Forestwood, Cronus Logistics and Nippon Gases, our platinum supporters; Re-Gen, Mills Selig, Barrett Steel, Comex McKinnon, Seaforde Metals, Carson McDowell, Tughans, Carlingford Lough Commission, Armagh Logistics, Mourne Shipping, Point Shipping, Mannok Holdings, King Storage, King Communication, Barry Haulage and Thomas Cunningham. We are so thankful for this fantastic support with the fund then ‘rounded’ up by Warrenpoint Port. We look forward to meeting with some of the beneficiary organisations over the coming weeks and months, Covid permitting.”

Warrenpoint Port will be profiling many of the projects on its social media and On Board Ezine in the coming weeks.

Warrenpoint Port presented a total of £22,062 from their Community Christmas Fund to representatives from the Community. Port CEO David Holmes with board members and management thanked the representatives from the companies who contributed generously to the fund and help enable a presentation of cheques to be presented to 43 organisations from the area. L-r Robbie Niblock (Seatruck Ferries Ltd), Tom Rodgers Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, Richard Johnston (Board Member), Martin Cranney (Re-Gen), Angela Millar (Barrett Steel), Michael Murtagh (Deputy Harbour Master), Kieran Grant Finance Director, John McParland (Armagh Logistics), Evan Gilmore (Seaforde Metals), Warrenpoint Port CEO David Holmes, Damien McGrath (Seatruck Ferries Ltd), Geraldine Donaghy (Board Member), Deborah King Loughran (King Communications), Judith Barry (Barry Haulage), Kristen Magee (Mills Selig), Roy Teggarty Chairman CLC and Declan Gormley (MSS).