Staff at Integrated Care 24’s head office have got in the festive spirit this year, by donating hundreds of sanitary items to The Hygiene Bank charity.

For the last two months, staff at integrated urgent care provider IC24, who provide the NHS 111 and out of hours GP led service in East Kent, have been donating items such as soaps, razors, toothpaste and other sanitary items to pass to The Hygiene Bank for distribution.

The Hygiene Bank is a charity that was set up to tackle ‘hygiene poverty’ and make sure that those who are living in poverty have access to basic hygiene products such as deodorants and shampoo.

In the UK 37% of people have had to go without basic hygiene products, or cut down on them, due to lack of funds*.

The collection, which took place at IC24’s head office on the Orbital Business Park in Ashford, was organised by Data Protection Officer Claire Walker (pictured below) supported by Helen Meyler and Terri Richards from the Learning and Experience team.

Claire said: ‘I had heard about the great work of The Hygiene Bank and wanted to help. At IC24 we try to raise money for a lot of good causes so I knew that everyone would get on board by buying items to donate. In total we donated two boxes and three bags full of items, weighing over 25 kgs.'

The items have now been collected by The Hygiene Bank and are already being distributed across Ashford.

*Source: Kind Direct, 2017.