A group of volunteers from Launceston have set up a new initiative that aims to tackle ‘hygiene poverty’.

Michelle Rutter runs Launceston Hygiene Bank, a charity which supports those in and around the town who are  unable to afford many of the everyday hygiene products most of us take for granted.

Michelle and the team at Launceston Hygiene Bank are hoping that they can do their bit to help local people. 

Speaking to the Post, Michelle said: “The Hygiene Bank will bring a much-needed provision to Launceston and the surrounding area for those experiencing hygiene poverty especially with the current cost of living crisis and back to school costs.

“The Hygiene Bank can support individuals, schools, nurseries or other Community Partners who might come into contact with families that need our support. Importantly, no referral is needed and people can just turn up when the Hygiene Bank is open. We can also drop off parcels and donations to established partners.”

Alongside their partnership with Boots, the organisation rely on donations from the public, whether this be monetary, product donations or their time. Michelle explained: “People can sign up to be a Community Partner if they would like to receive donations or individuals can sign up as a volunteer. 

“A business, community centre, shop or other similar proprietor can also sign up to be a donation point (of which some have already done).

More information about the charity can be found at thehygienebank.com/give-products/cornwall