Currently there’s 305 womens refuges in the Uk housing on average 12 women per site. In most cases bathrooms are shared per three women offering 4 bathrooms per site. That’s potentially 1’220 bathrooms to fill in the UK and 132 being in the Northwest.
We're Lynette Page-Collin and Rachel O'Hare two friends who've created a voluntary organisation named Elle For Elle.
We collect body-care, haircare and cosmetics from public donations and give to women's refuges, and shelters currently in the UK.
We came up with the idea as we were discussing the amount of makeup we both had and how we take this privalage for granted. There and then we decided to give to give all of the products e’d not used to charity.
After researching where to take our cosmetics, it became evident that there was nothing locally. Elle For Elle was created that evening. On further research we found that a large number of women take to stealing makeup and body care especially concealer (to cover bruising and scarring and sanitary wear) No women should put their freedom on the line for these products that we have have sat in our own cupboards.
Most of the women who use the refuge arrive with nothing, often fleeing from domestic abuse with small children. Having to ask for a tooth brush or sanitary wear is the last bit of dignity that these women may lose.
Our campaign 'Dignity after Distress' is just that, helping vulnerable women maintain some dignity by keeping the bathrooms and cupboards of refuges stocked up with beauty products so that they can at least take a hot shower and use some decent products whilst keeping personal hygiene private without feeling more degraded.
We are fully supported by local businesses such Boohoo, Eurocamp and the staff at Coronation street.
We donate to the reguges directly which is so important to us as products are never filtered down.
We’ve built up strong relationships with the refuge managing staff and to date we’ve donated over 20k products to vulnerable women.
If you would like to donate to our charity email, firstname.lastname@example.org