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The Hygiene Bank, St Albans


The Hygiene Bank has just launched in St Albans. It’s a UK registered charity, think food bank but for hygiene items. 

It is a shocking fact that 30% of children in the UK now live in poverty, and people stop buying everyday essentials such as toothpaste or washing powder long before they stop buying food. 

The Hygiene Bank believes no one should be left struggling to wash their hair, brush their teeth, change their baby's nappy as often as needed or be unable to afford sanitary protection because of low wages, high housing costs, benefit cuts, illness, bereavement or situations like abuse.

They ask the local community to donate everyday essential items such as toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary products and nappies and they deliver them to local charity partners. 

Donations are collected, sorted, re-packaged and distributed to those in locally in need. St Albans beneficiaries include the St Albans & District food bank, a women’s and men’s refuge, Azaela, a baby bank, family services, a homeless support group, and a local school.

There are currently four drop off locations in St Albans - Budgens at Marshalswick and the Co-Op at Cell Barnes Lane, London Colney and Chiswell Green.

The Hygiene Bank are looking for more schools/scout groups/nurseries to host boxes in St Albans so please do get in touch with them via their Facebook page if you can help or [email protected].

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Adding an extra item to your  weekly shop
  • Using your store card points
  • Taking advantage of 3 for 2 offers and donating the freebie
  • Donating via the Hygiene Bank Amazon wishlist (click here)

If you would like to know more about the Hygiene Bank contact Catherine @ [email protected].

















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