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Supporting victims of rape and sexual assault

Caring for people who are at their most vulnerable is at the heart of the Washbags programme. We are working in partnership with Her Majesty The Queen to provide victims of rape and sexual abuse with a wash bag at Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) across the UK.

Each wash bag contains personal care items donated by Boots, including shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, a comb, lip salve and a toothbrush. These washbags represent a small gesture of comfort during a highly distressing time for clients.

In 2023, we distributed 4,330 washbags to 58 SARCs across the UK. The programme will run twice a year to ensure the SARCs have a consistent supply of personal care items to help clients feel clean and well following their visit.