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Weʼre raising £45,000 to continue to give showers to those in need. Running in London since 2018 and launching in Birmingham, late in 2021. www.ShowerBox.org

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*NOW RAISING FUNDS FOR A SHOWERBOX VAN TO LAUNCH IN BIRMINGHAM, LATE IN 2021*

ShowerBox was born out of the human need to feel good and lead a safe life.

I’m Sarah Lamptey, a volunteer for various homeless organisations. During a conversation I had with a guest at a winter shelter a few years ago, I was told of the need for showering facilities in London, as they have in other parts of the world. Indeed, as they used to have here, so I began to explore this with homeless organisations across the capital.

Being powerless to maintain personal hygiene compromises mental and physical well-being, exacerbating feelings of inadequacy and ensuring the lack of motivation and confidence needed to create positive change. If that wasn’t enough, the spread of preventable, debilitating disease costs the NHS millions each year.

Following an article exploring this for Huffington Post, I started a petition to raise awareness and spoke to the London Mayor’s Office, who said they planned to support existing day centres. But there are reasons why the centres are not able to be fully effective for all. They do incredible work with what they have, but space and resources are for the most part limited. Existing showers cannot meet the demand, they are not open all day and every day and some people living on the streets are battling addictions, meaning that certain environments worsen this harshest of challenges. And so on. So I wanted to see what I could do to help.

Now, thanks to so many amazing donations, along with wonderful volunteers, I run a converted shower trailer every Saturday from St Giles Church, London, and 30-35 individuals come to us for showers each session, with twice as many for wellbeing donations.

We are now launching in Birmingham! Volunteers Don Russell and Bruce Loudon have explored and identified the need for showers in Birmingham, and working alongside existing homeless organisations already doing great work in the area, plan to run showers from a converted van, late in 2021.

We need as much as help as possible to make this a reality! Please give what you can, to help us buy and convert the van, and take it to the streets.

With huge thanks and love from,

Sarah and the ShowerBox team x

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  • Sarah Lamptey3 months ago
    Sarah Lamptey

    Sarah Lamptey

    3 months ago

    Hi all! We are now launching in Birmingham! Volunteers Don Russell and Bruce Loudon have explored and identified the need for showers in Birmingham, and working alongside existing homeless organisations already doing great work in the area, plan to run showers from a converted van, late in 2021. We need as much as help as possible to make this a reality! Please give what you can, to help us buy and convert the van, and take it to the streets. Sending huge love, Sarah and the SB team x

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  • Sarah Lamptey8 months ago
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    Sarah Lamptey

    8 months ago

    Hello amazing supporters of ShowerBox! With your help, we have been able to give thousands of showers since we began! As the months got colder last year, we began to give hot drinks alongside the toiletries and other essential donations. We make sure that all our guests have new underwear to change into, as a very minimum, after every shower they have with us. We support far more besides, who visit us also for the community we have been able to engender, with your vital help. Thank you SO MUCH! <3

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  • Sarah Lamptey1 year ago
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    Sarah Lamptey

    1 year ago

    Dear supporters! Some of you are new to ShowerBox, some of you have supported since we first launched in 2018, and I want to thank you all, on behalf of all the ShowerBox volunteer team. To give you our most recent news, through your kind donations we have been giving showers to around 35 individuals each Saturday from St Giles Church in Central London. 15 additional guests join us for hot drinks and snacks each week, as well as toiletries, clothing, dental advice, haircuts and chats. This would not be possible without your help! Thank you <3

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Page last updated on: 10/20/2021 09.59

Supporters

421

  • Phillippa

    Phillippa

    Oct 20, 2021

    What a wonderful service, keep up the good work

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 18, 2021

    Keep up the good work. For someone to be able to have a shower will give them a little dignity back.

  • Una McGinley

    Una McGinley

    Oct 18, 2021

    What a great initiative.

    £30.00

  • Rebecca del Tufo

    Rebecca del Tufo

    Oct 16, 2021

    £200.00

  • Patrick Duffin

    Patrick Duffin

    Oct 13, 2021

    Credit to Don and Bruce in their efforts to get help to Birmingham homeless

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 12, 2021

    £23.00

  • Ian Fosten

    Ian Fosten

    Oct 12, 2021

    This donation is prompted by a splendid painting by Mark Fisher and is intended for the Birmingham project. Many thanks for this great work.

    £50.00

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Sarah Lamptey

Sarah Lamptey

United Kingdom

I’m Sarah, the founder of ShowerBox. During a talk I had with a guest at a shelter a few years ago, I was told of the need for showers in London - and ShowerBox was born! The project is now 3 years old, and needs funds to continue and expand to Birmingham!

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