Record number of Brits have to ask charities for help with everyday essentials

A RECORD number of Brits are being forced to turn to charities for their everyday essentials amid the growing cost of living crisis.The top items adults are sourcing include toilet rolls, hand wash, dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid.
2Brits are increasingly forced to turn to charities to secure everyday essentials
Data released by charitable organisation In Kind Direct shows adults have struggled to afford items such as surface cleaners, nappies and baby wipes over the last 12 months.
While everyday hygiene products such as toothpaste, shampoo and sanitary towels have also seen a surge.
Even period products, household bleach, razors and washing capsules are sourced from non-profit organisations as families try to cope with the rising cost of living.
Paul Buchanan, Interim CEO for In Kind Direct, which offers a simple solution to product giving by providing a single contact point for companies to donate to charities across the UK, said: “We believe every person deserves to feel clean.

“But for people forced to make the daily decision whether to heat, eat or be clean, this human right is simply beyond their reach.
“We have seen a huge rise in demand from our network of charitable organisations, who are trying to support more people than usual as the cost of living crisis sets in.
“In addition, they’re struggling to stay afloat themselves, as they too experience higher running costs and decreased funding opportunities.
“When people hear of the term foodbank they usually think of tins of food/ long lasting food items being donated, but more and more people are struggling to afford essential hygiene products like toilet roll, laundry items, soap and period products, which are just as vital and increasingly hard to budget for after food and utility bills for many low-income households.”
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As many as 82% of charitable organisations within the In Kind Direct network reported an increase in the number of people they support from January to June 2022.
From January to June 2022, some demographics being supported the most with products include families with school aged children (76%) and people experiencing poor mental health (72%).
In response to the findings, Essity, makers of products including Cushelle and Velvet have pledged to donate one million toilet rolls annually to In Kind Direct to distribute through their charitable network to communities.
A spokesperson for the hygiene and health company said: “Toilet roll is an essential necessity for everybody, nobody should have to go without it.
“When we found out it was the most requested item at community charities throughout the UK – we felt we had to act.
“The current economic crisis is a challenge for everybody, but for some it has brought about impossible choices between items that we simply cannot live without.
“Everyone deserves to have the essentials they need to stay clean, healthy and for their general wellbeing.”
In Kind Direct has also published a new hygiene poverty report of 2,069 adults, The Human Right to Hygiene, which found 23% going without hygiene products are too embarrassed to leave their homes.
Almost half (47%) of low-income households have had to forgo hygiene products because they can …