The Hygiene Bank was set up by Lizzy Hall in 2018 in response to the growing (but largely overlooked) crisis of hygiene poverty.
There’s currently around one fifth of the UK population (around 14m people) living in poverty* – and within this number are millions of children. Young people are particularly susceptible to issues around personal hygiene; issues that can have a deep and long-lasting impact on their emotional wellbeing.
• Around 80% of primary school teachers report a rise in children arriving at school unwashed over the last five years**
• And almost half of them have witnessed bullying based on hygiene issues**
* Social Metrics Commission.
** In Kind Direct, 2017.
The Hygiene Bank is a registered charity in England and Wales number:1181267 and Scotland SC049895