Beauty products campaign to tackle domestic abuse goes national

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A Cumbrian scheme to help domestic abuse survivors through donated beauty products has become a national campaign.

VL Aesthetics is running Regifting Beauty for a third year to support the Freedom Project in West Cumbria and Refuge in the south of the country.

The Carlisle clinic is urging people to donate unwanted toiletries, skincare products, and beauty items which will then be re-gifted back to those whose domestic situation means they may not have easy access to them.

After last year’s campaign was cancelled because of Covid, this time it has expanded to be countrywide and VL Aesthetics have been joined by the award-winning Dr Medispa in Knightsbridge, London, whose director is Dr Munir Somji, and another award-winner, Light Touch Clinic in Surrey.

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Vanessa Brown, managing director of VL Aesthetics, said: “Regifting Beauty was cancelled last year due to Covid, so we are thrilled to have it back again for 2022.

“Regifting Beauty will also be taking place nationally this year, and we have Dr Medispa, Knightsbridge, and Light Touch, Surrey, on board to help raise more awareness about the campaign and the amazing things charities such as the Freedom Project and Refuge do in supporting victims of domestic violence.”

Vicky Pike of the Freedom Project said: “We would like to thank Vanessa and VL Aesthetics for the support they have given us over the last couple of years, helping support our service users but also spreading awareness of domestic abuse in Cumbria.

“The Regifting Beauty campaign makes a real difference to our service, helping us provide additional support to victims of abuse.

“The products allow us to provide emergency parcels containing items such as soap, body wash, hand sanitiser etc to those in need. Additionally, it also allows us to gift non-essential items, things survivors wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford themselves or aren’t of a high priority over other issues they may be facing.

“The beauty products allow survivors to take the steps to practice some self care and do something for themselves, something that is quite often forgotten about.”

The Regifting campaign will run until the end of January and will be extended in the event of any lockdowns.

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