“Across the UK, more and more people just like you and I are forced to go without the basics we all need to live a happy, healthy life. We believe everyone deserves to feel clean, and yet, there are millions in the UK going without toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant and detergent every day. Every pound you can give us this week will be doubled and used towards our mission to end hygiene poverty for good. Please join us and make the most of this unique opportunity to double the value of your gift. You can help a family experience the joy of feeling clean this Christmas. Thank you.”

Ruth Brock, CEO of The Hygiene Bank

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022 is now live!

From now until midday on Tuesday 6th December, anyone who gives to The Hygiene Bank via the Big Give will see their donations doubled.

We have set ourselves the mighty challenge of raising £12,500 in one week and we need you to help us reach our target! Whether you can give £2, £20 or £200, please know that anything you give will be truly valued - and automatically doubled!

Join our movement to end hygiene poverty for good. Help The Hygiene Bank reach many more families who desperately need the basics and make DOUBLE the difference.

As always, thank you for your support of The Hygiene Bank. Together we can create a future where we all have access to the basics, because everyone deserves to feel clean.


1What is the Big Give Christmas Challenge?
The Christmas Challenge, operated by the Big Give online donation platform, is the UK's largest match funding campaign. During this week, anyone who gives to The Hygiene Bank online will see their donations doubled from funds in our match pot. This pot is comprised of funds secured from the Big Give’s Champions, as well as promised pledges from our key supporters, including Unilever.
2When is the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year?
This year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge takes place from midday on 29 November to midday on 6 December. Only donations made during this timeframe are eligible to be doubled from the match funding pot.
3Where do I make my donation?
To be matched, donations must be made via the Big Give Christmas Challenge website. The link will be made available nearer the time.
4What methods can I use to make my donation?
The Big Give Christmas Challenge website accepts the following card types: Mastercard | Visa | Maestro | Switch | Solo | Delta | American Express | CAF Bank Business cards displaying the Mastercard logo.
5Can I Gift Aid my donation?
Yes, if you are a UK taxpayer and your donation qualifies for Gift Aid you will be able to select this during the donation process.
6Does the Big Give Christmas Challenge website charge any fees on my donation?
Yes, the website charges: EU Visa and MasterCard donations = 1.5% of donation amount (without Gift Aid) + 20p + VAT Non-EU and American Express donations = 3.2% of donation amount (without Gift Aid) + 20p + VAT To find out more, visit this page. When making your donation, you will also be asked if you would like to make a voluntary contribution to support the running of the platform. If you would prefer not to, make sure to select other from the drop-down menu and enter 0.
7What will show up on my bank statement?
You will see The Big Give THE HYGIENE BANK on your bank statement.
8How is my donation doubled?
We have already raised a match funding pot of £12,500, provided by some of our biggest supporters such as Unilever. Every donation made will be doubled from this pot until it runs out- helping to achieve our overall target of £25,000!
9What happens if I donate after the match funding pot has run out?
You can still donate even when the match funding pot has run out. In fact, we would encourage you to do so- even though your donation won’t be doubled, it will still add to the total raised and help us to tackle hygiene poverty across the UK. Also, if we exceed our target we will become eligible for an additional cash award from the Big Give Christmas Challenge.
10How will my donation be used?
Every amount donated this week will be automatically doubled and used towards our mission to end hygiene poverty for good.
11What if I have trouble using the Big Give Christmas Challenge platform?
If you have trouble using the donation platform, please contact fundraising@thehygienebank.com.