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20th June 2018 - Press Release

Golf day raises over £9,000 for Donations with a Difference

The team delivering the Port of Dover's flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development - VSBW, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster - teed off and raised more than £9,000 for local charity 'Donations with a Difference'.

A total of 44 golfers, including a combination of staff from the Port of Dover and VSBW took to the greens at Chestfield Golf Club in Whitstable, Kent, for a charity golf day supporting physical and mental health and education within the community.

There was a full programme for the day, starting with bacon rolls to ward off the hunger pains, followed by teams of 4 teeing off every 8 minutes from 11am onwards and playing a cut down round of 10 holes. The day culminated in a celebratory dinner in the evening, where prizes were presented for the best score, along with a fundraising raffle.

Ron Eckersley, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, VSBW, said: “This is a charity close to our hearts, and I would like to thank all the teams and individuals who supported the day or donated prizes, as without their help the event would not be possible.

“This is now the second year we have run the event and have now raised circa £18,000.”

Non-golfers also gave their support by acting as caddies, photographers and stewards during the event, as well as running an auction and raffle at the evening prize-giving.

Dave Herrod, DWDR Programme Director at the Port of Dover, said: “VSBW should be congratulated for organising this event for a second year, and for raising such a significant amount for a well-deserved charity that supports local initiatives.”


Notes to editors


  1. Port of Dover

The Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) is a one-off opportunity for the regeneration of Dover, bringing new investment into the area.  With UK Government planning approval and supported by a mix of private finance and European Union grant funding, DWDR will deliver:


  • Relocation and further development of the cargo business with a new cargo terminal and distribution centre;
  • Creation of greater space within the Eastern Docks for ferry traffic;
  • A transformed waterfront to ultimately attract a host of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants with Dover's unique backdrop of the harbour, cliffs and castle; and
  • Much needed quality employment opportunities for local people.


DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Whole Team Interim Award - the evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme that promotes the achievement of high environmental and social performance in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm projects.



  1. VSBW

VSBW is a joint venture between VolkerStevin and Boskalis Westminster to deliver the marine structures and bridge contract for the Port of Dover’s flagship Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development.

With a contract value of £115m, this construction stage will include the design and build of two new berths including quay walls and land reclamation, a new marina pier, the marina curve, navigation channel and new lock gates, Bascule Bridge and capital dredging work.


  1. Donations With A Difference

Established as a charity in 2013 with the objective of raising money to fund grants that support physical and mental health and education within their local community.

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