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1,000 white wellies go east for charity

More than 1,000 pairs of white wellington boots are winging their way to poverty stricken areas in Eastern Europe after being donated by a workwear company.

The wellies, which would normally be used by dairy farmers, were donated by Protectoplast, after the company moved offices and found they had no space to store them.

The wellies were advertised on a humanitarian match-making website which matches needy causes with unwanted goods. Within 10 minutes of advertising the boots, several charities had expressed an interest.

Mission Without Borders and Hope and Aid Direct were eventually selected to receive the wellies, which will be distributed in poverty stricken areas in Eastern Europe, and war-torn areas which were formerly Yugoslavia.

David Hardistry, from Mission Without Borders, said: “During the winter months the weather is often very wet and very cold and the wellies will be ideal for adults and young people.   “Quite often the only shoes they have are flimsy summer-weight sandals and this means that they are unable to work or attend schooling during poor weather.”

What a fantastic way to make use of something that otherwise would have been binned. And what a sight it’ll be – whole towns decked out in white wellies, like great armies of dairy farmers!

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Rachel Jones

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