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Boots UK partners with the Hygiene Bank and Fareshare to distribute thousands of toiletries to NHS frontline workers and vulnerable people across UK

01 April 2020
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  • Boots UK to donate over 200,000 essential toiletries to NHS hospital workers and charities supporting vulnerable people
  • Working in partnership with FareShare and The Hygiene Bank, bathroom essentials will be distributed to schools and food banks

Boots UK and The Hygiene Bank are helping to support the NHS staff working on the front line in hospitals across the UK with a donation of over 200,000 toiletries. With the distribution support of FareShare, thousands of essential toiletries will be available, including hand cream, toothpaste and shower gel, to help frontline workers have access to hygiene essentials and vital wash stations between busy shifts.

Using FareShare’s established network, toiletries will also be sent directly to local charities to distribute where they are needed in the community and to the vulnerable who are now in more need than ever of hygiene essentials.

Seb James, Managing Director of Boots UK commented, “Boots has always been a critical partner to the NHS and on behalf of our amazing teams also giving their all right across the country, we wanted to show our appreciation for the world-class care the men and women on the frontline of the NHS provides every single day. Our partnerships with the Hygiene Bank and FareShare enables us to get thousands of essentials out to those who need them most, both in the NHS and the most vulnerable people in the community.”

Lizzy Hall, Founder of The HygieneBank added “Now more than ever, vulnerable people living in poverty will need our support and as well as helping our dedicated NHS workers, we will be using our network to ensure children and people living in poverty in communities across the UK, can get better access to hygiene essentials during this difficult time for our country.”

Alyson Walsh, Commercial Director of FareShare said: ‘We are delighted to be able to mobilise our national charity redistribution network to get this brilliant donation from Boots out to NHS staff and community groups and to show our support for them.

Donations will include shower gel, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner as well as hand and body lotions from brands such as No7 and Soap & Glory to help soothe hard working hands. Hospital trusts who would like to benefit can contact The Hygiene Bank at The Hygiene Bank is currently unable to accept product donations from the public, but as charitable donations are now needed more than ever, monetary donations towards funding can be made online to support people in hygiene poverty in the UK at


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer. Its mission is to be the first choice for pharmacy, health and beauty caring for people, customers and communities everywhere.

With around 52,000 team members and 2,200 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores, Boots serves its customer and patients’ wellbeing for life.

Boots is the UK’s number one beauty destination and largest pharmacy chain, dispensing medicines and providing essential healthcare services. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of product offering including its innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin. For over 170 years, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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