The Duchess of Cornwall will launch a new project in Nottingham later this week in Boots.
The Duchess will be at Boots’ UK headquarters on Tuesday, March the 14th to launch the Wash Bag Project; which aims to help thousands of victims of rape and sexual abuse.
The project was created after The Duchess heard stories after her visits to Sexual Assault Referral Centres in recent years.
The project aims to distribute wash bags containing things such as shampoo and shower gel among other hygiene items to victims of sexual abuse at Sexual Assault Referral Centres. The wash bags will be given to victims of sexual abuse after they have taken a forensic examination. This means that they will be able to use them while having a shower at the centre.
The goal of the project is to provide victims of sexual abuse with some light comfort and familiar routine during their traumatic time.
The project has been trialled previously in The Havens in London; specialist centres in London for those who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
The visit to Boots will herald The Wash Bags Project national launch.
Boots UK has worked alongside Clarence House and several Crisis Centres to select and donate a range of products for the bags.
The Duchess of Cornwall will speak to Deborah Hooton who runs the Nottingham Sexual Assault Referral Centre. The Duchess will also meet privately with one of the centres clients who will talk about their own experience.
The Duchess will then meet workers for Boots UK and those who have given up their time as they volunteered to pack the 12,000 wash bags.
The Duchess visited a rape crisis centre in November 2009. Following that visit, she has visited several other Rape Crisis centres throughout the country. It is clear that the issue is something The Duchess feels passionate about and is keen to give victims of sexual assault some hint of normality following their ordeal. A spokesman for the Royal Family said that the stories The Duchess of Cornwall heard on her visits left her with a desire to raise more awareness about rape and sexual abuse as well as providing some help to victims. The Wash Bag Project is a small way of providing support and help.