A scene from the film I Daniel Blake was the catalyst that has seen Lizzy Hall from Sevenoaks watch her volunteer powered initiative grow to a posting on social media to a nationwide operation with over 50 projects and collection locations being added daily.
The film scene in which single mother Katie is caught shoplifting and her haul includes sanitary wear, razors and a bottle of deodorant, sent a curious Lizzy to her local foodbank to discover that hygiene is a luxury many people cannot afford.
Lizzy sent out a plea on social media for toiletries and grooming and beauty essentials and The Hygiene Bank was born.
The mission of the Hygiene Bank is simple – to provide these essential supplies to people who cant’t afford them, via charity partners across the nation.
The Hygiene Bank collects sanitary pads and tampons, shampoo and conditioner, face wash and cleaners, shower gels, deodorant, disposable razors and shaving foam, toothpaste and toothbrushes, baby toiletries, nappies, make up and toiletry gifts.
Donations from the public are sent to charity partners such as food banks, women’s refuges, young persons hostels, NHS Trusts, social services and other organisations working with people in crisis.
The Hygiene Bank, which is in the process of achieving charity registration, has so far delivered well over 4 tonnes of product.
The latest collection point for the Hygiene Bank donations is at the Lifeline Gym and Matchpoint Tennis centre in Hurst Green.
Fitness and tennis experts at the centre will be taking part in the Hygiene Bank’s Christmas project, Its In The Bag- you can request one of the cotton drawstring bags via the organisation’s website – or you can use a bag that is in good condition – and fill out up with toiletries, beauty, grooming and hygiene essentials, pop in a personal note or festive card and take it along to Lifeline.
For more details see www.thehygienebank.com
Photo by kevin black shows Lizzy Hall (with collection box) at the Lifeline centre.