Hygiene poverty is real for many of the over 14 million living in poverty in the UK. This National Hygiene Week (July 5-11), the Hygiene Bank is raising awareness of how damaging hygiene poverty can be.
These stories from people who’ve used the service vividly illustrate why their work is so vital.
‘Getting these packs from the school was a godsend’
Pat*, mum-of-three from Newcastle
“I would like to say a massive thank you for the hygiene packs we received from the school the other day. They have had a massive impact on our household. It has made the children look after themselves a lot better during this horrible lockdown.
“Before receiving these packs the kids would just sit around in their PJs all day everyday without thinking about their hygiene. Having these packs now though has enabled them to look after themselves better by giving them an incentive to get up, have a bath or shower with the products you provided, and brush and look after their teeth (they were doing this already but they all loved the fact they got a new toothbrush, it was great). Also, the older two were able to use the new deodorants to keep themselves fresh and clean.
“I think these packs would be a godsend to all parents, and it’s nice just to have that little something there knowing you haven’t got to worry about having to find a way to get to the shops to purchase these types of products. The bag with the toilet rolls, soap powder and washing-up liquid was a godsend. Parents at the moment are most probably washing clothes a lot more with children being home (I know I am) and also same for the toilet rolls, having the kids home all day every day means we are going through a lot more toilet roll than usual, so being given these was also a saviour. On behalf of myself and probably a lot of parents out there we would like to thank you so much.”
‘Keeping yourself clean shows that you care about yourself’
Aaron Green, Big Issue vendor, Doncaster
“Getting these products is amazing, it makes such a difference to me and allows me to do normal things like wash myself properly and keep myself clean.