DONATIONS of women’s toiletry products and treats are being requested by the Isle of Wight Foodbank, for Mother's Day.

Every week the Isle of Wight Foodbank sees women struggling to afford food, let alone expensive items like nappies and sanitary products.

As Mother’s Day approaches, the charity is calling for donations of shampoo, sanitary products, nappies, shower gel and toothpaste to help local women and their children.

Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for women facing crisis, especially mums facing hunger who are unable to provide food for their families or afford basic toiletries.

That’s why the Isle of Wight Foodbank, part of The Trussell Trust network, has launched an appeal to ensure that local mums get a little something extra this year.

Hannah King, foodbank manager, said: "Every day at the foodbank we meet mums from across the Island who share heart-breaking stories about struggling to afford food for the family.

"No mum should feel like they have let their children down because something outside their control, like illness or a delayed benefit payment, has thrown the family into crisis.

"That’s why we give not only emergency food but also talk over a cuppa about what’s going on and what local help is available.

"When you’re struggling to afford food, you’re often struggling to afford other basics like toilet roll, shampoo and women’s sanitary products. Perhaps unsurprisingly, toiletries are not the first thing most people think of when they’re donating to a foodbank, but they do make a huge difference in restoring some normality when you’re at the point of crisis.

"Whatever you are able to give this Mother’s Day will help local mums who are struggling, to know that there are people who care."

To make a financial donation go to or drop off donations at a collection point, found in the majority of Island supermarkets, or to the Cowes HQ on Love Lane, which is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9am and 12 noon.