Watford MP helps pack goods during visit to charity

A charity put Watford’s MP to work this week as he helped to pack and load goods.

Dean Russell visited Goods for Good on Friday, September 11 – and during their meeting helped the Borehamwood charity pack up school stationery goods.

The charity, which distributes essential items to vulnerable people, was packing the items in response to an SOS from the Philippines for children in mountainous regions where there is no internet connectivity.

Mr Russell packed and loaded the stationary, which were collected by the UK owners of Pooten Forwarding International, who help with shipments to the Philippines.

Mr Russell said: “I am delighted to meet and help the amazing team of Goods for Good, who have told me about their incredible work in sending out over £20m-worth of donations of goods around the world and in the UK.

“These goods are being saved from landfill, and that is something I am passionate about. I am grateful to have met you and learnt what amazing work is being done here.”

Since the coronavirus pandemic, the charity has increased its activities by supporting more weekly requests from UK charities.

This includes emergency foodbanks, housing associations, asylum seekers’ drop-in centres. They are providing quality clothing, footwear, cleaning and hygiene products, and essential toiletries for families in need of help.

To date, the charity has delivered over £20.6 million worth of goods globally, donated by 120 UK corporate companies, including Nike, IKEA, Next, Uniqlo, Puma, The Dune Group, Harrods and Silentnight.