ShowerBox was borne out of the human need to feel good and lead a safe life. Through funds raised, a trailer was bought at the end of 2018, servicing a winter shelter on Tottenham Court Road, London. Without this trailer, over twenty guests would not have had access to showering facilities.
One guest said that he had not showered in months, and for another, they “made Christmas”.
Being powerless to maintain personal hygiene compromises mental and physical well-being, exacerbating feelings of inadequacy and ensuring the lack of motivation and confidence needed to create positive change. If that wasn’t enough, the spread of preventable, debilitating disease costs the NHS millions each year.
On average, homeless people die at 47, compared to the national average of 81.
Almost 7,500 people sleep rough every year in London.
ShowerBox will support as many of them as possible, so each day is less of a challenge.
The trailer will service a second winter shelter in London, opening in Hornsey in mid-January 2019. And then, the goal is: more showers and more care, for more people.