A campaign has been launched in Dorset to help tackle hygiene poverty in young people.

Dorset-based solicitors Mustoe Shorter, in partnership with St Lawrence and St Nicholas churches, is raising money and accepting donations for its ‘All About you’ campaign.

The fundraising drive is aimed at helping young people in the Weymouth and Dorchester areas who are living in poverty and cannot afford to stay clean.   

A spokesperson for the campaign, said: “Hygiene poverty can be shaming, humiliating and excluding and can result in social isolation.

“It is not right that feeling clean should be a luxury or a privilege for anyone in our society today. 

“It can lead to a lack of confidence and can negatively affect good health and mental well-being which can impact early childhood development, learning, employability and social interaction.”

Any sanitary products are welcomed, with items such as deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, shaving foam, toothbrushes and toothpaste all needed, as well as sponges and flannels.

There have been several collection points set up including at St Nicholas Church in Broadwey, St Laurence Church in Upwey as well as Mustoe Shorter offices in Dorchester and Weymouth.