Felixstowe Port Users’ Association and Rotary Club of Felixstowe continue to support local charities and communities

Felixstowe Port Users’ Association and Rotary Club of Felixstowe continue to support local charities and communities

21.4.2022 | Charity

FPUA & Rotary Club of Felixstowe continue to support local charities

Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

And there’s no more generous than East Anglia’s logistics sector.

With the planning of two significant charity events for May already underway, Porttalk first shares news of the Felixstowe Port Users’ Association Golf Day.

Hosted on Friday, 10 May, at the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, the event is already a sell-out. It will be the fifth charity golf day and the FPUA committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

The book is now closed for participating teams; however, many ways exist to get involved. The charity Golf Day seeks sponsorship for individual holes and on-course refreshments. If any company or individual can support them with a raffle prize, it would be hugely appreciated, as would any financial donations. Please get in touch with Ian Taylor at infor@fpua.co.uk if you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities or donate a raffle prize.

While still deciding upon the beneficiaries of this year’s golf event, the FPUA is delighted to confirm that the £5,000 raised at its Christmas Charity Ball will be presented by cheque to the Diabetic Clinic by its committee at Ipswich Hospital on 29 February.

A week later, on Friday, 17 May, the Felixstowe Rotary Club will host its eagerly anticipated Charity Boxing Night.

Now in its ninth year, the Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s charity boxing dinner has become one of the biggest events in the town’s charity calendar. This year, the primary beneficiary will be St Elizabeth Hospice. Ipswich. 

Co-coordinator of this year’s event, Roger Beaton, says: “With the show recognised as a significant event in amateur boxing, we can be sure to see some great contests and boxing of a high standard. Thanks particularly for the support of Martin Webb of Harwich Boxing Club, “England Boxing” coach and the event matchmaker.

“Hosted at Felixstowe’s Brackenbury Sports Centre on Friday, 17 May, the event features top-class boxing, a three-course dinner, an auction and a raffle. And, of course, it’s an excellent opportunity for entertaining clients and networking. Thanks to the tremendous support of the local business community, we already have a full house, but sponsorship opportunities are still available.”

Please get in touch with Roger@Beatons.co.uk if you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

FPUA delivers ace of a Golf Day

FPUA delivers ace of a Golf Day

9.6.2023 | Charity

FPUA Delivers Ace of a Golf Day

Fourth annual Golf Day raises £10,500 for local causes.

With a reputation for being one of the best events in Felixstowe’s charity calendar, the FPUA charity golf day (hosted on 26th May) was a corker for those attending and the five worthy causes that will benefit from its fundraising efforts.

Jason Flower, chair of the FPUA, comments: “Surpassing all our hopes, our fourth annual golf day saw 19 fourball teams head out on the fairway and raised £10,500 for charity; our best total yet.”

With the sun shining and everyone embracing the spirit of the event, such a day takes a lot of organising. As Jason says: “A massive thank you must go to the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club (and in particular Ben, Donna and Catherine) for hosting once again and doing us proud, as always.

“Where would we be without Mark Binge? Responsible for almost every aspect of the day’s organisation, profound thanks go to Mark and the FPUA Committee for their support.

“And then there are our sponsors. Thank you to our generous main sponsors – Goldstar Transport, Chassis Cab, Vartan Consultancy, MSC, GMA, Grange Shipping, MultiFreight, LPS, LME Recruitment, Metro Shipping and Bruha Brewing. And the fourteen companies that sponsored individual holes and whose banners you would have seen. A big thank you to you all.”

A golf day report isn’t complete without details of the winners. Congratulations go to:

Winning Team: MSC (D Woolnough, D Dadswell, N Barker and A Pilcher) – with 125 points

Second Place Team: Hemisphere Freight (C Perrin, A Perrin, L Perrin and G Palmer) –
with 122 points

Third Place Team: 3PL (K Lawrenson, A Marshall, S Underwood, K Stewart) – with 116
points

Best Individual Player: Craig Perrin, Hemisphere Freight – with 46 points

Always keen to keep recipients of funds raised close to home and within the Felixstowe area, this year, funds raised are being split between the following good causes:

• Ethan Ridd – 17-year-old Ethan is raising funds to support his battle against cancer
• Rocco Mickelsen – aged seven, suffers from Lennox Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy. He is raising funds for medicine not supported by the NHS
• League of Friends of Felixstowe Hospital
• Kingsfleet Primary School
• Felixstowe School

And with a final word from Jason Flower: “Regardless of whether it is one of our fundraising events or one organised by another part of our local logistics community, the generosity and commitment to supporting others never fails to amaze me.

“And whilst never taking anything for granted, now seems a good time to share the date of our 2023 Christmas Ball. Hosted on 1st December at the Orwell Hotel, the event will raise funds for the Ipswich Diabetic Clinic, and any prizes you can donate for the raffle will, as always, be hugely appreciated.”

FPUA Golf Day Winners 2023

Boxing night goes the distance for good causes

Boxing night goes the distance for good causes

31.5.2023 | Charity

Boxing night goes the distance for good causes

Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s fundraiser, held on Friday, 19th May 2023, raises an incredible £32,000.

Both the Rotary Club and headline sponsor, the Uniserve Group were delighted with the evening’s boxing and the generosity of those that attended; David Gladen of Uniserve Group says: “We always knew the Rotary Club’s boxing event delivered a great night out and did more than its fair share to raise funds for local causes, but this year, everyone went above and beyond.

“With over 300 diners, it is one of the biggest nights in Felixstowe’s charity calendar and raising £32,000 exceeded our wildest dreams.”

Now in its eighth year, the Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s Roger Beaton adds: “As they say, what a night. Guests enjoyed twelve boxing bouts, all of which were well-matched and to a very high standard. I’d also like to mention the contest for the Dave Norman Cup between Rio Gordon of Harwich and Nadir Ibrahim of Finchley. Rio, fast coming to the fore at a national level, won a unanimous points decision.

“The list of people that need thanking is long, but I’d like to start by acknowledging England Boxing for their commitment to supporting our endeavours and such exemplary sportsmanship. Once again, we thank Felixstowe-based Fred Olsen Travel Agents for their kind-hearted cruise donation. And our grateful appreciation goes to our headline sponsor Uniserve and its group of companies, Seafast Logistics, George Baker, and James Kemball.

“And finally, our biggest thanks go to all those individuals and companies that attended, donated raffle prizes, or provided any other support to enable us to fulfil our charitable goals. A final shout-out must go to two auction winners, who made boxing night history with their successful £1,000 bids. Fargo Systems’ Kate Gardner, who made her very generous and successful bid for the signed Eric Cantona shirt and Lee Birch, from James Kemball, who was delighted to take home the framed Tyson Fury Boxing glove.”

With the Rotary Club’s Boxing Night going from strength to strength, if you are keen to get involved in next year’s event, please get in touch with Roger Beaton, Roger@Beatons.co.uk, to register your interest.

Image: Rainywood Photography.

Four Fat Blokes on bikes fundraising success

Four Fat Blokes on bikes fundraising success

17.5.2023 | CHARITY

Four Fat Blokes on bikes fundraising success

Porttalk is delighted to report the team’s fundraising endeavours have raised an incredible £10,485 for Macmillan Cancer and in support of Goldstar Transport’s James Sayers.

With team Four Fat Blokes On Bikes (aka Piers Kilfoyle of Macintyre Transport, Derek Cawston, ex-director at Goldstar Transport, Boris Addison of Foxhaul Logistics and Simon Lewis of Platinum Sports and Prestige) having successfully completed the 85-mile Etape Caledonia cycle ride last Sunday (14 May), Porttalk is delighted to report the team’s fundraising endeavours have raised an incredible £10,485 for Macmillan Cancer and in support of Goldstar Transport’s James Sayers.

Here, Piers Kilfoyle shares how things went:

“So, despite the test ride, our inability to go on a bike ride without at least 30 minutes of faffing re-emerged, and after exploding valve caps and forgotten water bottles, we eventually entered our start area with a few minutes to spare. The entire high street of Pitlochry was now a sea of cyclists, and we appreciated how big this event was for the first time.

“After a quick selfie and the usual warning for Derek not to go mad at the start, we were underway.

“And as expected in Scotland, the weather was a bit drizzly and surprise, surprise Derek, ever the team player, rode off far too quickly, losing his teammates in the crowd of cyclists.

“The ride itself on closed roads went through some spectacular scenery around Loch Rannoch and up 12 classified climbs, which was a shock for us Suffolk cyclists!

When the going got hard, the thought of raising such a fantastic amount for Macmillan and the struggle that James is going through spurred us on and making sure that we fuelled up at the feed stops, we all got round safely.”

With the team agreeing that their struggles with the steep Scottish hills pale into insignificance compared to the battle James is going through, here’s the latest on James’ progress:

“James has recently completed his fourth cycle of chemotherapy, meaning only two more remaining to go. Side effects have been mild to moderate, but James has been coping well with the help of Amber, his friends, and his family. James has had to suffer some minor obstacles during his treatment, such as picking up an infection which sadly set back his treatment for several weeks whilst the infection clears up, but the finish line is very much in view.”

Piers adds: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored us, and you can still donate to this incredible charity by clicking here.”

Uniserve Group takes Heavyweight Sponsor title

Uniserve Group takes Heavyweight Sponsor title

3.5.2023 | Charity

Uniserve Group Takes Heavyweight Sponsor Title

Logistics giant excited to be part of fundraising boxing event while also positively impacting those in need. 

With The Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s much-anticipated charity boxing event planned for 19 May 2023, the club is delighted to announce that Uniserve and its group companies, Seafast Logistics, George Baker, and James Kemball, are confirmed as headline sponsors for this year’s boxing bonanza.

Now in its eighth year, this five-star charity fundraiser, hosted at Felixstowe’s Brackenbury Sports Centre, is on track to entertain over 300 guests and has ambitions to raise significant funds to support local good causes.

Andrew Rowdon, President of Felixstowe Rotary, says: “Our charity boxing night is one of the most important dates in the Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s calendar and the organisation’s biggest fundraising event. In 2022 we raised over £24,000 for those in need, and with Uniserve Group’s support this year, we are hoping to exceed this sum.”

David Gladen from the Uniserve Group said: “We are proud to support the Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s Charity Boxing event and help raise funds for worthwhile causes. At the Uniserve Group, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and this event provides a great opportunity to do just that. We are excited to be a part of this important fundraising effort, which promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment while also positively impacting those in need.”

Uniserve Group

Uniserve is the UK’s number one logistics and trade management provider. The Uniserve Group of companies seamlessly combines ocean freight, air freight and road freight services with intelligent warehousing, distribution and supply chain solutions.

Founded in 1984, Uniserve has established itself as a pioneer in the logistics and trade management industry, known for its innovative service solutions and exceptional customer service. With a commitment to excellence and a passion for helping clients succeed, the Uniserve Group employs over 1,200 employees in the UK and Internationally and is proud to serve customers located throughout the world.

Credit Rainywood Photography

Golf Day Generosity

Golf Day Generosity

7.6.2022 | Charity

Golf Day Generosity

Sponsors, supporters and participants raise record amount for charity. 

With the sun shining and Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club doing Felixstowe Port Users’ Association and its guests proud, the FPUA charity golf day was a day to remember.

With 84 golfers across twenty-one teams playing on the day, a fantastic £8,850 was raised by the event, all of which will support local causes.

Jason Flower, chairman of the FPUA, says: “Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the day and donated so generously, notably our main sponsors 3PL, Gotelee Solicitors, GMA Warehousing & Transport, Vartan Consultancy, LPS and Pentalver.

“Congratulations, go, of course, to the day’s winners. Maritime Transport scooped the number one slot for the second year running in the team event, with Elite Universal and Magnus Group teams coming second and third, respectively.

“Congratulations also to Maritime Transport’s George Copsey, whose skill on the course ensured his place as the day’s individual winner and Matt King and Stewart Newson, who both won nearest the pin.”

Beneficiaries of funds raised this year include:

Sadie Ray
Felixstowe & Corinthians Cricket Club
Causton Junior School
Fresh Start new beginnings
GeeWizz Charity
Three Bears Community Playgroup

Jason Flower adds: “We hoped to improve upon the £7,500 raised last year, and I’m delighted to say we achieved our goal. The last three golf days the FPUA has hosted have raised a hugely impressive £20,000 for good causes across our community.

“This figure speaks volumes about the generosity and commitment of all those involved locally in the sector to look after our own. A massive thank you to everyone involved.”