Hygiene items donated to help support dignity during pandemic

During difficult times, basic hygiene can become a backseat luxury for many families. In response to the growing need in our communities, our Star Family Hubs provided toiletry and home hygiene supplies or vouchers to those in need. All our Hubs worked to supply these essential items either through their foodbanks or through specially created hygiene packages. So far, our Hubs have given 8,000 hygiene packs to people in need.

The team at The Olive School, Birmingham, focused on supporting vulnerable people in care homes and hospitals. Many people in care situations are unable to supply their own toiletries. Lockdown brought additional challenges as visitors were often no longer able to provide these items for their loved-ones. Staff visited

Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital and donated hampers and cartons containing bars of soap, 36 toothpastes, 48 toothbrushes, 96 bottles of shampoo and shower gel, 42 deodorants and 3 bulk packs of sanitary products. The team also helped to support a local foodbank which had appealed for hygiene items.

At Tong Leadership Academy, the team who coordinated the food and hygiene packs were overwhelmed by the generosity of parents, staff and local businesses to their collection appeal. Teaching assistants Vicky Chorley and Tess Peart spent several days a week sorting and packing the collection boxes and support staff Tracy Smith and Arshad Ashraf delivered boxes containing hygiene and food items to families in need in the community every day. In total 350 packs were distributed.