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Sarah Lamptey

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raised of £25,000 target by 314 supporters

Weʼre raising £25,000 to continue to give showers to those in need and to enhance the lives of the homeless. www.ShowerBox.org

London, UK

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ShowerBox was borne 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.

The relative simplicity of it baffled the brain. Why don't these exist already? Through my article published by the Huffington Post in July 2018 (link on my website: www.showerbox.org) and all the meetings and research since, I’ve realised the magnitude of power that these showers will bring to so many.

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.

I started a petition to raise awareness and spoke to the London Mayor’s Office, who say they plan to support existing day centres. But there are numerous 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. 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 decided to start them myself.

Now, along with wonderful volunteers, I run a converted shower trailer every Saturday from St Giles Church, London, and 25 individuals come to us for showers each session.

Without JustGiving and all the incredibly generous donations, this would not be possible. Thank you so much!

Sarah x

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  • Sarah Lamptey4 months ago
    Sarah Lamptey

    Sarah Lamptey

    4 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 Lamptey7 months ago
    Sarah Lamptey

    Sarah Lamptey

    7 months 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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  • Sarah Lamptey10 months ago
    Sarah Lamptey

    Sarah Lamptey

    10 months ago

    I am now on a new fundraising drive to keep the project running. Myself and my SERIOUSLY WONDERFUL volunteers have around 25 individuals who shower each session with us at St Giles Church in London, and each week I receive requests to bring showers to different parts of London and other parts of the country. Only, I've need the project to steadily and solidly walk before it can run! <3

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3 years ago

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Page last updated on: 6/8/2021 18.37

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314

  • Paul Berry

    Paul Berry

    Jun 8, 2021

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jun 1, 2021

    Can't imagine what life is like without access to housing and things like showers. Great work. Well done.

    £25.00

  • Simon Haines

    Simon Haines

    Jun 1, 2021

    £10.00

  • Ruth Ilton

    Ruth Ilton

    Jun 1, 2021

    Thank you for everything you do to bring Showerbox to the community.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 29, 2021

    God bless you and your work

    £100.00

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    Anonymous

    May 24, 2021

    £20.00

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    May 22, 2021

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Sarah Lamptey

Sarah Lamptey

London, UK

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 almost two years old, and needs funds to keep going! More info at: www.showerbox.org

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