Local packaging company supports Swindon charity in the sending of medical supplies

By Jessica Durston - 24 February 2023


Cricklade-based packaging manufacturer, GWP, has supported a Swindon Christian charity that provides medical supplies and aid to assist people involved in missionary work overseas.

Jay Daggar, Sales Manager at GWP Packaging

The MMN (Medical Missionary News) charity – based in Swindon and established over 100 years ago – sends around 20 containers of equipment and medicines to several countries each year.

This activity is in addition to providing grants to support medical mission projects around the world.

GWP says it has supplied a number of oversized cardboard boxes into which the charity can pack items before they are shipped overseas. The charity will specifically use the packaging to send equipment and supplies to several African locations across Zambia and Angola.

Similar large cartons are used by several of GWP’s customers for industrial applications.

Hannah Pearce, Communications Manager at MMN, said: “We knew that GWP had assisted a number of charities in the local area, so when we required packaging, we decided to reach out to them.

“GWP immediately indicated that they could help, and we took delivery of the boxes very quickly. They are absolutely perfect for safely packing the items we ship across the globe and maximising the available space in our shipping containers.”

Jay Daggar, Sales Manager at GWP Packaging, added: “We always try to help charities within the local area wherever possible. MMN do some vital work in countries with limited access to healthcare, so we are delighted that we could help.”

Medical Missionary News was initially formed in 1922 when a group of Christian doctors were concerned for medical colleagues involved in missionary work overseas. The organisation initially published a quarterly magazine - which is still published today - and soon afterwards set up a charitable fund.

Today, as well as providing healthcare supplies, the charity manages grants to support various overseas projects (including those in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe). It also provides financial assistance for medical professionals in their studies.

Besides MMN, GWP says it has supported a number of similar charities over the last year.

GWP's charity work includes donating packaging to the Marmalade Trust (a charity tackling loneliness), for use as Christmas hampers; boxes used to create an art installation by Shine Pinehurst; and providing sponsorship for Ukrainian students as part of a partnership with Innovation Ben.

GWP is also a long-term supporter of the Swindon Food Collective (formerly known as Swindon Foodbank).

GWP, part of Macfarlane Packaging, employs over 100 people across two sites in Wiltshire, designing and manufacturing a wide range of bespoke packaging products.

For more information on GWP, those interested can visit www.gwp.co.uk.

Further information on Medical Missionary News, its activities, and how to get involved, can be found by visiting mmn.uk.com.

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