The Tees shipping industry has donated funds raised at its annual charity cricket match to local mental health organisation, Middlesbrough & Stockton MIND.
The event, which sees the statutory harbour authority, PD Ports, take on the Tees & Hartlepool Port Users Association (THPUA) and the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), returned this year for the first time since 2019 – when events were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2022 event, which took place in the summer, saw the port users team achieve an overdue victory against PD Ports – coming out on top by 234 runs to 59.
Taking place at Hutton Rudby Cricket Club, the match brought together ports, terminals, shipbrokers and river users from across the Tees Valley, while raising a considerable amount of money for charity.
Each year the event committee identify a local charity that they wish to support with the funds that are generated at the event. This year, the chosen charity was Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND.
THPUA’s Treasurer Christian Melvin and Matt Todd from the ICS were accompanied by Keith Russell from PD Ports to formally present a £1,322 cheque to Middlesbrough & Stockton MIND Chief Executive Emma Howitt.
Matt Todd said:
“Our annual charity cricket match is a fantastic event that is supported by the whole river community.
“We are particularly pleased to be able to use the funds donated this year to support Middlesbrough & Stockton MIND. MIND is such a great charity and mental health has become such a major concern for everyone in all industries, particularly throughout the pandemic.”