Hygiene Bank Launches in Soham

The national charity The Hygiene Bank, collecting hygiene products for local people in crisis, has opened a new collection point in Soham.

Local people can now donate toiletries, hygiene, beauty and personal care items at a collection point located in The Viva Shop, in Church Street, Soham.

The Hygiene Bank Soham has partnered with Soham’s foodbank, which will distribute the items to local families in need.

Project Co-ordinator Alison O’Connor, explains: “Sadly, those who find themselves in times of crisis often have to make a choice between food and hygiene because they simply can’t afford to do both. Being clean is not a luxury, it is about dignity. No-one should face hygiene poverty in modern Britain, but it is closer to home than you think. The Hygiene Bank Soham is a way for local people to help local people when they really need it.”

The Hygiene Bank is seeking donations of everything from toothbrushes and toothpaste, to sanitary products and shower gels, shaving foam and shampoos, to washing powder and nappies.

Any new, unused items can be dropped off in the #ITSINTHEBAG duffle bag in the Viva Shop during opening hours.

The Hygiene Bank has been helping to banish hygiene poverty and period poverty since the beginning of 2018 and has since distributed 35 tonnes of hygiene and personal care products around the country.

Alison concludes: “Soham is a tight-knit and caring community, and we are confident that we can really make a difference to local families that really need some help.”

Photo: Viva Shop Manager Peter Lawrence and The Hygiene Bank Soham Project Co-ordinator Alison O’Connor

Press release from The Hygiene Bank Soham

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