The Body Shop’s gift to NHS workers at West Sussex Hospitals

The Body Shop is gifting essential items to NHS workers at hospitals in West Sussex.

The Body Shop distribution centre in Littlehampton. Picture: Google Street View SUS-190315-160757001
The Body Shop distribution centre in Littlehampton. Picture: Google Street View SUS-190315-160757001

The Littlehampton-based ethical beauty company will be giving away more than 255,000 products, including skin and body care items, to critical care, A&E and intensive care unit staff forced to shower at hospitals between long shifts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Among local hospitals to benefit include Worthing Hospital, St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and paramedics at the South East Coast Ambulance Service, which covers the whole of Sussex.

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Linda Campbell, managing director of The Body Shop UK, said: “This is our way of thanking the NHS workers on the frontline, risking their lives to save ours to help protect the communities we live in.

“Critical care teams have been working long shifts, with very little downtime, pretty much living on site.

“We hope that by donating self-care treats to hospitals across the country, we can bring a few moments of respite.”

The company was founded by Littlehampton resident Anita Roddick, who opened her first store in Brighton before it expanded worldwide.

One of the company’s headquarters are in Watersmead Business Park, Littlehampton.

In addition to this gesture, 100,000 bars of soap and 100,000 tubes of hand creams will be delivered to the newly created temporary hospitals across the nation starting with deliveries to NHS Nightingale at London’s ExCel centre.