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20th December 2017 - Press Release

Port of Dover helps to provide food and shelter for those in need at Christmas

As part of the Port's support for local charities and initiatives at Christmas, it has together with its contractor VSBW raised £3,000 for the Dover Outreach Winter Shelter.

The Winter Shelter operates out of premises at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Maison Dieu Road and offers a drop-in centre to cater for people who are homeless, vulnerable, socially isolated and lonely by providing supervised overnight accommodation at town centre churches, including a warm evening meal.

VSBW raised funds by undertaking a number of ‘dress down Fridays’ and requesting their suppliers to donate to the charity fund instead of giving normal Christmas gifts. Whilst the Port held a ‘winter festive competition’ in the DWDR Project Office as part of their efforts to fundraise for the charity.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive at the Port of Dover, said: “As the Port helps thousands of festive deliveries to homes across the UK in time for Christmas, it is so valuable that we can also help in providing food and shelter to local people in difficult personal situations.”

Judith Shilling, Treasurer and Secretary for the Dover Outreach, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to the Port of Dover, VSBW and their sub-contractors for the time and effort they put into raising money for us.

“Homelessness in Dover is an issue nobody can ignore, especially in the cold winter months, and the Port has responded.”

The Port of Dover, VSBW and sub-contractors One Way Resourcing Ltd, Sword Contracts Ltd, Coastal Energy Kent Ltd, Chunnel Group and Euroclean Contractors Ltd working at Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) have collectively joined together to fund the evening meals at the Winter Shelter for the next several months.

On handing over the cheque Toni Taylor, Senior Quantity Surveyor for VSBW, said: “Our staff working and living in Dover have allowed us to see the work that Dover Outreach does locally for those who need their help and support.

“I am extremely grateful to have the chance to raise awareness of such an important issue and help make a difference.”


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 is the single biggest investment ever undertaken by the Port of Dover with c.£250m committed for its delivery.

DWDR scored ‘Excellent’ for the CEEQUAL Interim Client and Outline Design 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.




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.


3. Photos

Judith Shilling, Treasurer and Secretary at Dover Outreach; Toni Taylor, Senior Quantity Surveyor at VSBW; and John Smith, Land Works Manager at VSBW (left to right).

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