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Port of Dover; giving the gift of community spirit this Christmas


The Port of Dover has volunteered at many local charities over Christmas, with teams adding an extra touch of festive sparkle to parties and celebrations. Around 60 hours in total were allocated to employee volunteering projects throughout December to help spread Christmas cheer across the community.

It marks an inspiring end to the Port of Dover’s biggest year for community projects, which included the launch of a new youth Sponsorship Scheme and the Port of Dover Community Fund donating a record £121,500 through 12 different donations.

Heather Jones, Community Director at the Port said:

“We wish everybody in our community a very Happy New Year; it’s been amazing to see the difference that we have made in brightening up people’s Christmas and getting hands on with some fantastic projects and events in and around Dover throughout the year.”

Community Director Stuart Jaenicke added:

“The Port of Dover is committed to fostering a sustainable future for every age group within our community. The initiatives spearheaded this year have successfully dismantled barriers, paving the way for equal opportunities that contribute to future success and economic stability. We eagerly anticipate the positive developments that 2024 will bring.”

Community highlights for 2023 include:

  • The Port of Dover Sponsorship Scheme launched in May to help young people achieve their personal ambitions and promote positive mental health. Nine sponsorships between £500 and £5000 were awarded, including Alex Dack from the Deal Triathlon Club and the Southeast Triathlon Academy, Dover Pride and Kaela Cheffins for The Alkham Valley Project. The full list is here.
  • The first Dover Waterfront Parkrun was introduced in September, bringing hundreds of people and families to the seafront to get active in a free weekly 5k run.
  • Throughout the year, the Port donated a record £121,500 to 12 local charities through the Port of Dover Community Fund, which enriches the social, cultural, and environmental life of our community. In 2022, the Fund surpassed £1 million for the first time since it began in 2014.
  • 2023 reached another new record with the Employee Volunteering Scheme, which saw nearly 500 hours allocated across 18 individual projects, with 69 colleagues taking part.

Please keep an eye out on our social media channels and website for the opening date to apply for the 2024 Sponsorship Scheme.

See you all in 2024!


Notes to Editors

  • The Port of Dover is closing the gap every day between the UK and the world by connecting trade, travel, visitors and communities locally-globally, collaborating with local and international partners to create a more seamless, sustainable and tech-enabled port.
  • As the UK’s busiest international ferry port and a vital gateway for the movement of people and trade, Dover handles £144 billion of trade per year, 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU and welcomes over 11 million passengers.
  • Dover is also an award-winning cruise port, delivering world class travel and visitor experiences to the most prestigious cruise lines. With a growing and diversifying cargo business operating from state-of-the-art facilities, a brand-new marina which is a major feature of the exciting waterfront development, and opportunities for further expansion in the future, Dover’s proud history dating back 400 years has a new modern twist.
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