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Thursday, 13 June 2024

Wash Bags Project brings comfort to survivors of sexual assault

CARING for people who are at their most vulnerable is at the heart of the Wash Bags Project. Each bag contains personal care items donated by Boots, such as shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and a toothbrush providing a small gesture of comfort during a highly distressing time for people using the service.  

Rosanne Gray, CEO of In Kind Direct said:

“It is an honour to work with Her Majesty The Queen on such a crucial initiative, to support people who have experienced rape and sexual assault.

“Providing comfort and dignity during times of distress is incredibly important and we know the wash bags can make a significant difference to someone’s life and onward journey after leaving the centre.

“We were privileged to attend the Wash Bag relaunch reception at the Palace recently, amongst inspiring organisations and partners and hearing from a service user. We are very proud of this partnership, enabling us to provide people with a small gesture of comfort at such a distressing time of their life”

Rashidah Naumsisi, Matron at The Havens, managed by King’s College Hospital, said:

“We support adults and children who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or sexual assault and our aim is to provide a safe place where people can gain some control back in their lives.

“The Wash Bags Project is a simple initiative, but we know that it makes a huge difference, giving people comfort and dignity when they are at their most vulnerable. Some of the people we support are instructed not to wash until after they have had an examination, and the wash bags help them feel more human. Our clients are often extremely moved to be given a wash bag, and it’s so rewarding to be part of this work.”

In Kind Direct was recently honoured to attend a reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace to recognise those who support survivors of sexual assault and to mark the relaunch of the Wash Bags project.

To find out more about the Wash Bags Project and the work that In Kind Direct does, please visit: https://www.inkinddirect.org.

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