Regional cluster organisation, Mersey Maritime are delighted to announce that they have surpassed their initial pledge of £20,000 for The Hive Youth Zone, a local charity providing essential support for disadvantaged youth. The impressive sum of £43,700 was raised as part of Mersey Maritime’s 20-year anniversary celebrations.

Just over 12 months ago, Mersey Maritime pledged to support The Hive Youth Zone. Located just a short distance from Mersey Maritime’s headquarters in Birkenhead, The Hive serves as a purpose-built centre for young people, offering a safe haven and a vibrant hub of activities for some of the region’s most vulnerable youngsters.

In the Liverpool City Region alone, maritime is worth £5bn a year in GVA (Gross Value Added) and supports tens of thousands of jobs. Yet coastal communities remain amongst the most disadvantaged in the UK.

During the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2023, hosted by local talent Sam Quek MBE, ten companies were invited to pledge £1,000 each towards the fundraising initiative to help the Hive provide hot meals throughout winter. However, the total raised on the night surpassed all expectations equating to £34,000 which included company, personal and anonymous donations. Over the last year, that brings the total raised by Mersey Maritime and its members to £43,700.

The following companies made significant contributions to this commendable fundraising effort:

  • Bibby Line Group
  • Cammell Laird
  • D Morgan
  • Denholm Logistics Group
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Hughes Subsea
  • Kays Medical
  • Maersk
  • Marine Metallurgical Consultants Ltd
  • Maritime Transport
  • Nautilus International
  • Peel Ports Group
  • Port of London Authority
  • The SeaKing Group
  • Walker Engineering


Ruth Wood, CEO at Mersey Maritime commented: “This outstanding achievement reflects the remarkable generosity of our maritime community and its commitment to supporting the well-being of the youth in our region. The funds raised will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the initiatives undertaken by The Hive Youth Zone, which does an incredible job of supporting our local young people.

“As an organisation deeply rooted in the maritime sector, we understand the importance of fostering community growth and investing in the future. The collaboration and dedication shown by our member companies in this fundraising endeavour demonstrates our mission that we are stronger together.”

Catherine Sandow, Head of Fundraising at The Hive, commented: ” We extend our heartfelt thanks to Mersey Maritime for their invaluable support. This contribution ensures our ongoing ability to stand by the thousands of young people who rely on us. Latest statistics show that just under 4 million children are living in poverty across the UK, and now with the cost-of-living crisis we are starting to see the devastating effect this is having on local families. We are here to assist young people, irrespective of their circumstances, providing a space for them to simply enjoy, feel included, and elevate their aspirations in a secure environment.

“A special thank you goes out to the companies and individuals who generously donated. Now more than ever, our presence is crucial, but we cannot sustain our mission without the backing of businesses that prioritise community at their core. Thank you!”

Mersey Maritime extends gratitude to all contributing companies and individuals for their generous support in surpassing the fundraising goal.

To find out more about The Hive and the incredible work they do click HERE

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