Pampering for homeless women

Pampering for homeless women

Ever wanted to make a difference but not known how? Our inspiring friend, Ebun Ali of The Beauty Therapy Project, was troubled by the plight of London's homeless, giving particular thought to vulnerable women. How on earth did they manage their periods and feel clean when on the streets? As a beauty therapist, she began to think about how her skills could make a difference. Her solution was to host a pampering day and Christmas banquet for homeless women, to enjoy some long overdue indulgence. And so The White Experience (#TWEX16) started to take shape. The response to the fund-raising campaign was overwhelming, with £3,000 raised in under 2 weeks through Crowdfunder. More than just the money, the Beauty Therapy Project set about gathering donations of sanitary towels and toiletries. Some of the hundreds of donations were used on the day with others being distributed to homeless shelters across London Homeless women were invited via the respected St Mungo's shelter and were treated to makeovers by a team of professional make-up artists, hair stylists, masseuses and nail technicians. The setting was a community centre in South East London which was transformed into a dream-like space with ivory drapes, warm lighting and forest greenery stylishly overflowing throughout the venue, courtesy ofCocospringevents andPopsy Magflowers. Each of the women were supported by a team of personal stylists and had access to a full wardrobe; everything from clothes to jewellery, bags and more - all of which they were able to keep.They allreceived a gorgeously packaged gift bag full of items from sponsors which included toiletries and sanitary products. In the evening, the women enjoyed along-table banquet dinner served by waitresses who delivered a delicious fine dining experience in keeping with their sophisticated new makeovers. One of the women tearfully expressed, "I feel so overwhelmed to be around so many women who care about me...I feel inspired to keep fighting, despite the challenges I face". Of the night, Ebun Ali, Director of The Beauty Therapy Project said, "It was a surreal experience…it was humbling and very emotional for everyone involved. Seeing these women transformed was one of the most beautiful things we could have ever witnessed and we are all so honoured to have been a part of this". FabLittleBag was proud to be a sponsor of this project, donating our sanitary bags and attending as a privileged guest on the day. Other essential partners wereHeartbeat Community Centre,Everyone Active Leisure Centre,Southwark Council,Salvation Army,Loveworks,Woosh Washrooms,Smart Works,Camberwell Market,Pink Parcel,Motives Cosmetics,Nails inc,Sanitary Owl,Yogaleggs,Sugar Tables,Emily Crisps,Seascape,Joe's Tea,Clarity Magazine,Popchips,Vitacoco,Mallow and Marsh,Pip & Nut,Organyc,KokomeltandCinnamon Tree Bakery. Photos byEmanuela Di Mulo   Let's hope this isthe start of many more pampering days for homeless women in the future! #homelessperiod