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Supporting survivors of rape and sexual assault

Caring for people who are at their most vulnerable is at the heart of the Wash Bag Project. We are working in partnership with Her Majesty The Queen to provide survivors 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.

The programme runs twice a year to deliver 4,750 wash bags to 58 SARCs across the UK, ensuring the SARCs have a consistent supply of personal care items to help clients feel clean and well following their visit.

We are also helping SARCs who want to access other items such as clothing, period pads and men’s personal care products to add to the support they provide.