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.”

FPUA all set to ace last year’s charity fundraising efforts

FPUA all set to ace last year’s charity fundraising efforts

11.5.2022 | Charity

FPUA all set to ace last year’s charity fundraising efforts

Charity golf day on Friday 27th May at the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club sold out as organisers and participants look forward to a great 18 holes.

Jason Flower, chair of the Felixstowe Port Users’ Association (FPUA), says: “Our golf day is always one of the best charity events in the regional calendar, and we’re very grateful to this year’s sponsors, which include 3PL as headline sponsor along with generous support from GMA Warehousing and Transport, Pentalver, Gotelee Solicitors, LPS and Vartan Consultancy.

With twenty teams signed up, the FPUA is keen to improve last year’s fundraising efforts. Jason continues: “Last September, we raised over £7,000 for good causes, and this year we are keen to improve on this total.

“Our thanks go to our sponsors and the Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club for its support, Porttalk for publicising our endeavours and all those companies and individuals that have generously paid to play.”

If you are interested in getting involved, individual hole sponsorships are still available and raffle prizes gratefully received – to find out more please email Kevin Lawrenson at

Full details of the golf day can be found at


George Baker Group unveiled as headline sponsor of Charity Boxing Event

George Baker Group unveiled as headline sponsor of Charity Boxing Event

8.2.2022 | Charity

George Baker Group unveiled as headline sponsor of Charity Boxing Event

Rotary Club of Felixstowe welcomes local logistics giant into the ring.

The Rotary Club of Felixstowe has announced George Baker Group as the headline sponsor of its 2022 Charity Boxing Event, which takes place on Friday 20th May at The Brackenbury Sports Centre, Felixstowe.

Now in its 7th year and on target to entertain over 300 guests, the charity boxing night is one of the most important dates in the Rotary Club of Felixstowe’s calendar and the organisations biggest fundraising event in any given year.

George Baker, Founder of the George Baker Group, says: “What better way to start our 40th-anniversary celebrations than by raising funds for deserving causes in our hometown.

“As a business, we feel it is important to give back to our community and support young talent and are impressed by the Rotary’s dedication, year after year, in achieving both. We are proud to be part of this prestigious event as its main sponsor.”

Bryan Boreham, President of Felixstowe Rotary, comments: “With the support of the George Baker Group, we are returning this year bigger and better than ever.

“Our vision is to raise vital funds for those in need, and I’m certain that after the disappointment of having to cancel the last two years, we are well on the way to realising this.”

To learn more about the range of sponsorship packages, please get in touch with Mandy Tyler 07813 650071 or 07736 564110.

George Baker

Boxing Bout Bonanza

Boxing Bout Bonanza

11.1.2022 | Charity

Boxing Bout Bonanza

Following the success of Felixstowe Rotary Club’s last charity boxing dinner, they’ve decided to do it all again – 20th May 2022.

In what will be Rotary’s seventh boxing evening, this year’s event will take place on Friday 20th May at The Brackenbury Sports Centre, Felixstowe.

Richard Bugg, of Felixstowe Rotary, says: “With eight to ten bouts of top-class boxing planned along with a three-course dinner, auction and raffle, this event is not to be missed.”

In conjunction with Suffolk Boxing, matchmaker and England boxing team coach Martin Webb will be pitting the regions’ boxing talent against Tyne and Teesside’s finest.

Richard continues: “Our last boxing evening in 2019 raised over £11,000 for deserving local individuals and charities, and we’re hoping to improve on this figure in May. And with sixteen of the thirty tables already reserved, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.”

An excellent event for entertaining clients and networking, a range of profile-raising sponsorship opportunities are also available.

To reserve your table at this night to remember, or to find out more about sponsorship packages, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Mandy Tyler 07813 650071 or 07736 564110.

Picture credit: Rainywood Photography

Credit Rainywood Photography

Charity begins at home

Charity begins at home

5.12.21 | Charity

Charity begins at home

Christmas spirit alive and kicking. 

It’s great to report on two local organisations spreading some Christmas cheer in their support of others.

Following Felixstowe Port Users’ Association decision to cancel its Christmas Charity Ball due to the upsurge in Covid cases, many members who were planning to attend generously donated their booking fee for the association to pass on to a good cause.

This big-heartedness enabled FPUA to donate £2,850 to Home-Start in Suffolk. Jason Flower, chair of the FPUA, says: “This charity does amazing things supporting local families as they navigate challenges ranging from isolation, bereavement, mental health issues, illness and domestic abuse.”*

Support of Home-Start in Suffolk brings the 2021 donations to local causes by the FPUA to over £10,000, following its hugely successful September charity golf day.

Keeping its charitable support very close to home, VKVP Haulage visited Langer Primary Academy, just around the corner from its Walton Avenue site. The haulier delivered gloves, hats and chocolate selection boxes to each of the 140 children, as well as over 50 arts and craft packs and a well-earned box of chocolates for each member of staff.

Mark Bennett of VKVP says: “With the recent drop in temperatures, we’d heard from the school deputy head that many of the children needed a hat to keep them warm and that some didn’t have an advent calendar to enjoy at home. So, we got on the case and put some Santa sacks together for the pupils to enjoy.

“Whilst we’re all busy dealing with work’s day-to-day challenges, it’s important we don’t forget to spread a little bit of Christmas cheer, and the smile on the children’s faces when we visited were just priceless.”

If you’ve got a great Christmas story to share – drop us a line at, and we’ll happily share it on our social media.

*Information on the work of Home-Start in Suffolk can be found here.

Image, L-R: Mark Bennett, operations director at VKVP Haulage, Lucy Beston, deputy head at Langer Primary Academy and two pupils receiving their gifts.

Charity begins at home

Charity begins at home

21.12.2020 | Charity

Charity begins at home

 Whilst Covid has made 2020 a difficult year for everyone, across Felixstowe’s logistics sector the sense of community and supporting others is as strong as ever.


Here’s a couple of the great initiatives undertaken in the run-up to Christmas.

Oh yes you will go to the Panto!

Children at Trimley St Mary Primary School enjoyed a special end of term treat this year, thanks to a live stream of the New Wolsey’s rock n’ roll panto, The Snow Queen; funded by money raised by the Felixstowe Port Users’ Association golf day charity collection back in the summer.

Jason Flower, chairman of the FPUA says: “On the last day of term, the show was beamed into every classroom enabling the children to see a mix of live-action, live music, pre-recorded film and animations in a way that ensured everyone’s safety remained the top priority.”

For more information about Felixstowe Port Users’ Association visit

VARTAN keeps little fingers warm this winter

This December compliance specialist, VARTAN, has supported pupils of Langer Primary Academy, which is just a stone’s through from the company’s offices on Langer Road.

Miles Vartan explains: “Just before school broke up last week, we delivered 140 pairs of gloves; a pair for each pupil to ensure they don’t have cold hands over the holidays and on their return to school in the new year.”

Looking to establish a long-term relationship with the school, Miles adds: “We’ve also put plans in place for an art project for early next year.”

For more information about Vartan Compliance Consultancy visit