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Fundraiser to fight hygiene poverty

Multi award winning office and commercial cleaning company Cleanology has launched its third annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank.

The event has been a resounding success after raising £40,000 in its first two years.

This year, the fundraiser is being held on Tuesday, October 3 in The Balcony Room at the majestic Globe Theatre in London’s Bankside.

Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Cleanology, which is based in Vauxhall, said: “Guests can look forward to an array of entertainment, including networking opportunities, refreshing drinks, delicious canapés, a lively auction, a raffle with amazing prizes, and a panoramic view of London and the River Thames from one of London’s most iconic venues.

“Ticket buyers will contribute to this important cause and make a positive impact on The Hygiene Bank.”

In October 2022, YouGov published Hygiene Poverty 2022, commissioned by The Hygiene Bank, the first comprehensive, national, mixed methodology research report into the scale and impact of hygiene poverty in the UK.

More than 3.1 million adults in the UK are living in hygiene poverty and the research showed that hygiene products such as toothpaste, shampoo and laundry detergent are the first to be cut when budgets are tight.

Ruth Brock, CEO of The Hygiene Bank said: “The Hygiene Bank is so grateful to Dominic Ponniah and Cleanology and all the sponsors of this event for their fantastic generosity.

“We are thrilled by their efforts to raise crucial funds for the charity’s work and it’s so important to us to have had the chance to raise awareness of hygiene poverty and how it affects the lives of millions of people across the UK.

“As the need for the charity’s work grows, we need more individuals and companies who, like Cleanology, believe that

everyone deserves to feel clean, to follow in their footsteps and join us, as we work together to end hygiene poverty for good.”
Hygiene poverty is life-limiting and uniquely oppressive.

It makes even small social interactions seem impossible and limits access to education and opportunities at work.

The YouGov 2022 research found that:

  • a third of those affected isolate themselves from friends and family.
  • 16% of young people aged 16-24 have missed days at school.
  • around 12% have missed job interviews or days at work.
  • it erodes our confidence and self-esteem, with over 60% of people saying it negatively impacts mental health.

This year’s sponsors – all leading lights in the cleaning and FM sector are Bridge Recruitment, Darwin Clayton, Futures Supplies, Liberty Hygiene, Evans Vanodine and The Cheeky Panda.

All acknowledge that hygiene poverty is a growing issue across the UK.

Chris Forbes, co-founder of The Cheeky Panda, said: “Hygiene poverty is a significant social issue in many communities. By sponsoring the event and providing products to The Hygiene Bank, Cheeky Panda is taking concrete action to combat this issue.”

Michelle Brightly, managing director of Bridge Recruitment, said: “Cleanology have made a huge effort to highlight The Hygiene Bank and we are thrilled to make a contribution to help such a cause. In today’s world, it is unacceptable that hygiene poverty is something that holds someone back in life.”

Jeannette McWilliams, UK National Account Manager of Evans Vanodine plc, said: “As a manufacturer of cleaning and hygiene products, we realise the importance of staying clean. Evans is proud to support the vital work that The Hygiene Bank do to ensure everyone has access to the basics they deserve.”

Tickets are priced from £46 +VAT each and are available on Eventbrite, with all profits donated to The Hygiene Bank.

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Picture: Dominic Ponniah, CEO of Cleanology Picture: Suzanne Howe Communications

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