Toiletries Amnesty – The Great Haul of 2014

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Ahoy there soap stashers, check out this haul!

A couple of months ago, when I was in my bathroom cupboard thinking, I considered that it might be possible to be buried in a toiletries mountain. Little did I know that it was going to become a reality!

For the past couple of months, following this idea, we’ve been gathering unwanted toiletries to donate to Winter Comfort for the homeless in Cambridge.

Earlier in the week Zoe came over so we could tackle the haul and regain some living space, and well… look what happened!

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And, this isn’t all of it!

With the help of some very lovely people we’ve managed to gather not just enough toiletries to keep Winter Comfort going for a good few months, but also two Women and Childrens Refuges in Fenland! To everyone who donated – THANK YOU! Thank you very, very much.

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Some donors asked to remain anonymous, but the rest of you, I’m not sorry to tell everyone how helpful you’ve been, starting with…

Zoe, my toiletries amnesty amigo and super collector of all things smelly (and that’s just in her own time! Boom! Boom!) Zoe has been raiding smellies stashes in Ely, Cambridge and Essex! Without her I would still be staring at random plastic bottles wondering what their purpose was. Thank you Zoe! (She also brought cake).

Aoife Maxwell, the sweet and lovely lady behind sweetpeasandsours.com She’s a Medicinal Chemist (I think that means cocktail expert!) Aoife held a brunch for Winter Comfort early in October too!

Richard and Kay Rodriguez and their colleagues at Compare the Market. My goodness you lot know how to stockpile toiletries!

Louise Stebbing, award-winning artist and linocutting legend of Skylark Studios. Louise got all her students involved, and her lovely friend Sue from Hornfield House B&B also made kind donations.

Christine Robinson, business woman and kind hearted soul.

Laura Burgess, (who is, as I type, trekking the Sahara for Macmillan!)  and her colleagues, the Youth and Family Workers, Wisbech Locality Team. You can sponsor Laura here if you are feeling generous!

Jane Brace, and her friends and colleagues at New Queen Street Surgery, Whittlesey. I’ve known Jane for half my life, she’s very kind, and always ready and willing to help me, and everyone else!

And, last but not least, Lynda Behagg, the lovely mummy of Sophie who was my best friend when I was 5 and who is often in my thoughts. They are such a generous and caring family that when Lynda offered to collect in Chatteris I wasn’t surprised – but I was surprised to see how many bags she managed to fill! (And I hear there is more to come!)

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If I have missed you off the list, I’m very sorry, and I’m still grateful, and if you’ve got some toiletries to donate, it’s not too late – get in touch. It’s good to share!

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