Posted by Kat Heath on 06 Oct 2020

Hygiene poverty is unfortunately an increasing reality for many. Often those facing poverty have to make very difficult choices in order to survive.  Choosing whether to heat their home, pay rent or eat and be clean is something nobody should have to be faced to choose between.

Hygiene poverty is not only shaming and humiliating for the individual and their families but also leads to poor mental health and wellbeing as well as having a deeply negative impact on childhood development and learning.

A lack of confidence and social isolation leads to a domino effect on those locked in poverty and is something we all need to be thinking and doing something about during the uncertain and unprecedented times we are living in.


The Hygiene Bank is a nationwide initiative which was set up by Lizzy Hall in 2018. Lizzy, a mother and wife, sadly lost her husband in 2011. This gave Lizzy a deep understanding of how quickly your life can change in a very short space of time. In August 2018 after watching the Ken Loach film; ‘I Daniel Blake’ Lizzy was moved by the scene in which a single mother is caught shoplifting basic toiletries to care for her family

From this Lizzy started collecting hygiene products to take to her local Foodbank in Sevenoaks, Kent.

Her drive was her emotional connection to the film and a belief that nobody should be forced to sacrifice washing their hair, brushing their teeth or changing their babies nappies at the expense of paying their rent or heating bills.

This drive created the Hygiene Bank which now has 749 collection points within the UK and Ireland.

With 220 of those in Boots stores alone.


The Hygiene Bank collects unused donated hygiene products from various collection points across the UK & Ireland.

These are then sorted into bags and distributed to a network of community organisations and charities such as Home Start, Children’s Centres (formerly Sure Start Centres) and Schools.

Once distributed to the community organisations/charities the hygiene bags are then given to families who are in most need of hygiene products.


The Hygiene Bank: Ashtead & Epsom are always collecting and distributing hygiene products to families in need. At the moment they need the following items:

  • Shower Gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Hand wash
  • Anti Bacterial Gel
  • Face Wash
  • Face/Body/Hand Creams
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Foam
  • Toothpaste/brushes
  • Sponges
  • Nappies
  • Sanitary Towels/Tampons/Panty Liners
  • Loo Roll
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Detergent
  • Bleach
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Household Spray

All must be in date and unused.

The collection points are:

EPSOM: BOOTS-Ashley Centre (by the cosmetic counters)
LEATHERHEAD: Tesco Superstore

If you can’t physically donate you can donate items online via the Amazon Wishlist.


The hygiene bank is desperately looking for a volunteer liaison for the BOOTS store collection point in Epsom.

The role would include being a primary point of contact for the Boots store and their staff.  Also collecting the donations and coordinating with the Ashtead & Epsom Hygiene Bank Team.

For more information on the Hygiene Bank visit: local contact is Beaty Hall –

Kat xx

Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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