Hy­giene bank lends a hand

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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