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Weʼre raising £10,000 to launch the first ShowerBoxes, 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 last year, 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.

Each week brings new meetings with new people who are offering to help in a small or a large way. I am now converting the first trailer, which I bought using some of the funds raised here! And then I will keep fundraising to obtain the second!

Thank you!

Sarah x

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  • Sarah Lamptey3 months ago
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    Sarah Lamptey

    3 months ago

    Last week, ShowerBox made The Big Issue's Top 100 Change Makers list! Which was so encouraging and strengthening, along with all of your support, of course! The ShowerBox is waiting to be used by its second home, at a winter shelter on Hornsey Road, opening a week on Monday. Some of the funds raised here have gone to insurance (material and public liability) for the year - £500 alone! A substantial expense, but of course, an important one. I'm looking for a gas sponsor so that I can reserve funds and put them towards trailer number two! <3

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  • Sarah Lamptey4 months ago
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    Sarah Lamptey

    4 months ago

    DEAR AMAZING SUPPORTERS! This is the box that your incredible donations paid for. THANK YOU so much! This week, this ShowerBox provided showers for guests of a winter shelter just off Tottenham Court Road in London. A guest said that this was the first shower he had had in months. Another said that it "made Christmas" for him <3 Next stop? A shelter in Hornsey, opening in January 2019, running for a few months. Then the project will continue and expand, to help as many people as possible have access to showers. Happiest New Year to all! xxx

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  • Sarah Lamptey5 months ago
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    5 months ago

    *THE FIRST LITTLE SHOWERBOX HAS LANDED!* Dear friends! Some of the funding raised here so far has gone on THE FIRST SHOWERBOX! It needs a fair bit of work but I have one month to give it the TLC it needs before it arrives at its first home, a winter shelter opening over Christmas on Tottenham Court Road. It will provide showers to people most in need. Funds are continuing to be raised here, to service and renovate this unit first, and then to maintain it and eventually raise money for the next one. Thank you so much again! Sarah x

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Page last updated on: 4/1/2019 00.00

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  • Jude McArdle

    Jude McArdle

    Apr 1, 2019

    Go Sarah.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Mar 28, 2019

    My goodness this is such a beautiful and wonderful thing you are doing... it will make such a difference to homeless people and their self esteem. A very big well done!

  • Jude McArdle

    Jude McArdle

    Mar 1, 2019

    Go Sarah.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 28, 2019

    My goodness this is such a beautiful and wonderful thing you are doing... it will make such a difference to homeless people and their self esteem. A very big well done!

  • SJ

    SJ

    Feb 22, 2019

    So proud of you lovely! Good luck with the second one - you're incredible. Lots of love, SJ x

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 7, 2019

    Hi Sarah! Completly agree with ur initiative! Best of luck!Adina

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 3, 2019

    My goodness this is such a beautiful and wonderful thing you are doing... it will make such a difference to homeless people and their self esteem. A very big well done!

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Sarah Lamptey

Sarah Lamptey

London, UK

I’m Sarah, a volunteer for homeless orgs. During a talk I had with a guest at a shelter last year, I was told of the need for showers in London, as they have in other parts of the world. Water is a restorative human requirement which must be accessible to all. www.showerbox.org

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