Hygiene bank lends a hand
A charity set up to help families struggling to afford sanitary products has given out hundreds of toiletries in its first few months.
The Hygiene Bank has teamed up with Tunbridge Wells food bank, Nourish, to give out packages of essentials, such as soap, sanitary towels and shampoo.
The initiative started after Sevenoaks mum Lizzy Hall was moved by the film I, Daniel Blake. The movie shines a light on the plight of those who fall through the cracks of society.
In it a young woman is caught shoplifting sanitary products because she is unable to afford them.
Mrs Hall was determined to help, and put out a WhatsApp plea to friends for donations of toiletries.
The appeal went viral, and since September the so-called Beauty Bank has become a powerful community initiative run by more than 25 volunteers. They have so far sent out more than two tonnes of products to charity partners in Kent.
Dawn Stanford, from Nourish Food Bank, said: “The humiliation of not being able to feed your family or being able to wash drives people when they are in crisis to think that there is no way out.
“Something as simple as having a bubble bath or being able to put nappies on your children is immeasurable.”
For more, and details of how to donate, go to thehygienebank.com