Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 30th March 2023 Issue no. 1058
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IWSA members 'doing their bit'
The Independent Washroom Services Association was founded on the principles of collaboration and support and that is being demonstrated strongly this year.
Its members, all of whom are independent washroom service providers, continue to work together to provide quality services throughout the UK and Ireland and they have also been doing their bit to help their local communities, as charities and community groups around the country have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic.
Eden Hygiene, based in Rotherham, has donated aprons to the procurement team at the NHS Foundation Trust in Rotherham, and these have been distributed to clinical teams in the area with a "massive thank you" to Eden.
Caledonian Washrooms has installed hand washing equipment and hand sanitisers to help its local food bank and community kitchen, which is run by the 'Broke not Broken' charity.
Corporate Washroom Services (CWS) has been able to help one of its local charities when a hotel installation was put on hold due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Prior to lockdown, the washroom company was due to install toilet paper dispensers in the bathrooms of a local hotel and hand sanitisers in the hallways. At the start of lockdown, the company was then approached by the charity Stoneywood Care Services, which supports young adults with learning difficulties - and this support includes residential care. The charity had run out of both toilet paper and sanitiser. CWS provided it with toilet paper dispensers that were originally planned for the four-star hotel, along with a batch of sanitiser dispensers - all free of charge. The charity in return has been able to repay this act of kindness by giving CWS space for stock that would otherwise have taken over the unit. CWS has also been able to keep some of the charity's clients busy too, with them helping to tidy up CWS's warehouse!
Chiltern Hygiene's registered charity partner is Shooting Star Chase and the washroom company has donated money towards the charity's latest appeal to help boost much needed funds.
BHygienic has also been supporting the younger generation through donating supplies to help team member Melissa's daughters in their quest to raise funds for the NHS by selling essential supplies to family, friends and neighbours. The girls have set up a little shop outside their house and BHygienic was pleased to be able to supply them with toilet rolls and hand sanitiser.
And in Southend, Liberty Hygiene stepped in to donate hundreds of washable face masks to the local branch of Age Concern and Southend Association of Voluntary Services.
However, the support is not just restricted to the pandemic. TWC Group has been inspired by a local girl set to take on the challenge of a lifetime at the end of 2020 in an attempt to become the youngest ever solo female rower to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Jasmine Harrison is just 21 years old and will be taking on the gruelling 90-day endurance test to raise money for Shelter Box, a charity providing aid and relief worldwide for people that have been affected by natural disaster.
The IWSA is proud of the achievements of its members and it also makes sure it does its bit as an organisation. It continues to support a charity that struck a chord with members when they were first introduced a few years ago. Toilet Twinning is a unique fundraising initiative to improve sanitisation and hygiene in developing countries by building toilet facilities. The IWSA has donated nearly £5000 to date which has helped fund Toilet Twinning projects around the world, including a disabled toilet project in India.
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