It was a pleasure to meet new Watford MP Dean Russell on Saturday when he joined Small Acts of Kindness CEO Lynne Misner, to deliver Warm in Winter gift bags to older Watford residents who had been nominated to receive one. During the visit he confirmed his commitment to make tackling loneliness and the negative impact that it has on mental and physical wellbeing, a key priority during his term in office. We learnt that his mantra is HOPE – Help One Person Everyday. At this festive time, we give thanks to our partners and volunteers, whose kindness and support have enabled us to help over 7,000 older people across Hertfordshire so far this winter.

MP Dean Russell delivering a Warm in Winter gift bag

Lynne Misner, CEO, Small Acts of Kindness said, ‘There is no-one better than older people themselves, to explain how lonely and isolated life can sometimes be. Dean’s interest in older people and the plight they face is most welcoming and we look forward to working with him to help improve the lives of local older people. We thank him for taking time out of his weekend after a hectic first week in Parliament, to meet and talk to older people in Watford who were nominated to receive a Warm in Winter gift bag.’

Dean Russell MP said, 'Firstly I’d like to thank Lynne, the work that she does is invaluable. Sadly some people will spend Christmas feeling lonely or isolated, and  Lynne is an excellent example of how each one of us can make a difference and help to brighten someone’s day.

Loneliness and mental health have long been a passion for me and it’s great to see such incredible work first hand. As the MP for Watford I have a responsibility to ensure such things are championed and this is why I put them in my local manifesto.

I didn’t make pledges so that I could win the election, I wanted to win so I could deliver on my pledges.'

Lynne Misner and MP Dean Russell