Guy Burgoyne of Rush Group, recently decided that as someone who makes their living from the fresh produce industry, that it was time to give something back in the form of food to those less fortunate.
The obvious choice was to regularly donate potatoes and hopefully onions to various shelters around London. After sharing these ideas with clients and suppliers alike, Guy was pleased when Masons agreed to pack ten pallets of potatoes free of charge. Likewise London Fresh confirmed that they would hold the potatoes for free at their premises in New Covent Garden. Sean at London Fresh stated: “’Rush contacted us about helping with storing and handling their pallets of produce for charities around the city. We were delighted to assist and be able to give something back to the London community.”
The first shipment of 1 tonne of unwashed Saxon potatoes was distributed on Tuesday 25th March, alongside Rush Group’s first charity partner – The Upper Room. The Upper Room is a charity working with the socially disadvantaged. They work with homeless people, economic migrants and ex offenders to help them improve their lives and conditions and give them the self-confidence to become economically independent. UR4Meals provides evening meals 5 days a week. UR4Driving is a driving school for ex-offenders and UR4Jobs offers specialist employment support services.
The Upper Room comments, “A 2012 study be Crisis found that in the period 2001-9 there were 3564 deaths of homeless people in London and working with Guy and everybody at Rush Group is a great help in providing some nutrition to the very people who need it most as well as saving good nutritional food from being wasted. We look forward to developing our relationship with Rush and look forward to us both making this bit of the world a much better place.”
Rush Group looks forward to continuing working with The Upper Room as it admires the excellent work that the charity does in the more disadvantaged areas of London. The next deliveries of potatoes is due on Tuesday 8th April and to keep up with all the latest news, why not follow Rush Group and The Upper Room on Twitter, where photos and videos will be posted on a regular basis.