Late August 2018, Lizzy watched the Ken Loach film ‘I Daniel Blake’. Moved by the scene where a single mother is caught shop lifting for basic toiletries, Lizzy sent a WhatsApp to friends saying she was collecting items to take to her local foodbank. Hygiene is about physical and mental wellbeing, self-confidence and dignity. Hygiene poverty is shaming, isolating and excluding and its stigma affects all areas of life; work, school and relationships.
Driven by a belief that everyone deserves to feel clean; that no-one should be left struggling to wash their hair, brush their teeth, or be unable to change their baby's nappy as often as needed because of low wages, high housing costs, benefit cuts, illness, bereavement or situations like abuse, Lizzy set up The Hygiene Bank.
Lizzy started her career in the press office of Action Aid before moving across to broader marketing roles in various FMCG agencies, finally becoming Marketing Director of The Carbon Neutral Company and teaching yoga at Holloway Prison. Lizzy then took a long career break to raise her family before being inspired to launch The Hygiene Bank. In 2011 she was suddenly widowed and so has personal appreciation of how life circumstances can change dramatically.
Hygiene is about well being, self confidence and dignity. We believe no one should be left struggling to wash their hair, brush their teeth, change their baby's nappy as often as needed or not afford sanitary protection because of low wages, high housing costs, benefit cuts, illness or bereavement. The Hygiene Bank gives people in crisis access to these basic hygiene and personal care essentials to give them back their dignity.