As the festive season approaches, charity is on everyone’s mind – and Stroud businesswoman Berith Sandgren-Clarke is using her hygiene knowhow to kick-start a charitable effort.
Heading for the Philippines next year, Clarke has been creating hygiene packages for the women of the country, where severe poverty and poor hygiene facilities are rife.
Speaking to the Stroud News and Journal, she said, “I thought about sending money but then it occurred to me that it would be nicer for these people to receive something personal to let them know that someone out there is thinking of them.
“I’m not a nurse or a teacher or a social worker but then I thought maybe these women could do with a bit of pampering.
“The women who work in these rubbish dumps are without some of the most basic things that we take for granted including dental hygiene products and sanitary towels.”
Indeed, Clarke doesn’t just highlight the poor state of hygiene in the Philippines – her example should make us consider our cleanliness here in the UK.
As potentially deadly germs continue to circulate from poor hand hygiene and cleanliness routines, consciousness raising efforts and charitable donations can help those in need both in the UK and abroad.
Whether it’s through hygiene boxes to the Philippines, talks at schools or the invaluable work of our Hygiene Angels, getting the cleanliness message out there is of the utmost importance. So as we head into the charitable season, think about what you can do to make a difference.