The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Cleanology Raises Awareness of Hygiene Poverty for National Hygiene Week

Cleanology Raises Awareness of Hygiene Poverty for National Hygiene Week
14 September 2020
 

A commercial cleaning and FM company is working with The Hygiene Bank to raise awareness about hygiene poverty for National Hygiene Week.

With many of the 14 million people in the UK living in poverty forced to make tough choices between buying food, paying utilities, or keeping clean, The Hygiene Bank distributes personal hygiene and cleaning products to those in need.

To support this, Cleanology is organising collections from 300 of its clients. It is also encouraging its own staff to donate toiletries and hygiene products.

Cleanology Founder and CEO, Dominic Ponniah, said: “The statistics are shocking. One-fifth of the population is struggling with poverty, and two-thirds of those people are in work. For many, the choice between spending money on food and on daily cleaning items is a harsh reality which we feel compelled to tackle.”

 

“Figures show that one in three people living in the UK have had to go without hygiene essentials or cut down on purchases for financial reasons. To be in this situation in 2020 is just unacceptable.”

–Dominic Ponniah

CEO, Cleanology

 

National Hygiene Week

 

National Hygiene Week, the first awareness week of its kind, runs from 14–20 September and encourages people to take advantage of Buy-one-get-one-free offers, donating the additional product to one of The Hygiene Bank’s 766 drop off locations.

The Hygiene Bank Founder, Lizzy Hall, said: “We started the charity to alleviate hygiene poverty in the UK, not thinking how significant the issue would be during a pandemic. Now, we not only need to keep clean, but also need to have a constant supply of PPE. That is a costly ask for many of us. 

“Most of the issues we are addressing revolve around better financial security for all, not some. With that, we are very excited to host the first National Hygiene Week. During this week, we aim to raise awareness about the hidden crisis that is hygiene poverty in the UK.”

Ponniah added: “Figures show that one in three people living in the UK have had to go without hygiene essentials or cut down on purchases for financial reasons. To be in this situation in 2020 is just unacceptable. The greatest challenge is awareness. Over the coming week, we aim to collect a sizeable number of products from our clients and staff but, longer-term, we will continue to support The Hygiene Bank, with the goal of eradicating hygiene poverty altogether.”

In Kind Direct’s research shows that people will have stopped buying toiletries long before they approach a food bank. The impact on self-worth and on wider success in life can be huge – from losing a job opportunity due to dirty clothes, to children being bullied, or ill health caused by poor dental care. The Hygiene Bank manages a national donation framework that enables people to donate products locally, in much the same way as a food bank. 

Picture: A photograph of Dominic Ponniah, Founder and CEO, (centre) with staff from Cleanology

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 14 September 2020

Share



Related Articles

Cleanology’s Hygiene Bank Event Raises £32,000 

Commercial cleaning company Cleanology held its annual Hygiene Bank fundraiser at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, raising £32,000 for the charity. The...

 Read Full Article
Cleanology Launches Hygiene Bank Fundraiser

Commercial cleaning company Cleanology has launched its third annual fundraising event in aid of The Hygiene Bank. Last year’s sell-out event at London’s...

 Read Full Article
Cleanology Announces New Senior Leadership Team

Office cleaning company Cleanology has promoted two staff members to its senior leadership team, alongside a new hire. Juliet Widdicombe, who joined Cleanology as...

 Read Full Article
Corps Security Wins Front-Of-House Contract at Seven Centrepoint Sites

Corps Security has won a two-year contract with youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, to provide security and front-of-house services at seven of its London...

 Read Full Article
ThisWeekinFM Celebrity Golf Open 2023

For the Celebrity Golf Open 2023, ThisWeekinFM, together with Clarion.Golf, took the FM industry back to the luscious fairways and immaculate greens...

 Read Full Article
ISS to Hire 1,000 Refugees Across its European Business

Several businesses, including FM company ISS, are pledging to provide jobs and training to more than 250,000 refugees across Europe over the next...

 Read Full Article
Cleanology Wins Contract at Outernet

Commercial cleaning company Cleanology has signed a contract to provide cleaning services at new London entertainment complex Outernet. Outernet London is the...

 Read Full Article
New Appointments in Facilities Management – December 2022

In the final new appointments roundup of 2022, Elior, Eurest, 14Forty and Cleanology have all welcomed new starters.   Picture: a graphic showing the...

 Read Full Article
Compass Group Awards Cleaner £10,000 for “Be A Star” Award

Jackie Kennedy, a cleaner who works for FM company 14forty, has won a £10,000 prize for her charity work. Jackie started collecting loose change she found while...

 Read Full Article
EVO Partners With Not-For-Profit Housing Company to Tackle Homelessness in London

Not-for-profit company Capital Letters has partnered with property maintenance business EVO Digital Technologies to digitalise its repairs, maintenance and compliance...

 Read Full Article