Our soapy gift to volunteers

12 soap bottles lined up like 10 pins

We’ve said thank you for the great efforts of our volunteers by giving them soap. We also sold some to members to raise money. There’s a nice little story behind this oddity.

The liquid hand soap is made by visually impaired people in East London as part of the brilliant social enterprise called Clarity. They supply John Lewis and Fortnum and Mason among other stores.

James at Clarity

James outside the Clarity factory

They recently, very generously offered fellow charities free boxes of their product, when technical issues meant it could not be sold. Trustee James claimed one since Clarity is based close to his home.

The 12 bottles inside turned out to be unlabeled. So we appealed for a designer to create our own. Gavin who runs Foxy Design Studio volunteered because of his family link to a child with aniridia.

After a few iterations, he created a lovely design featuring a black iris flower making the link between the floral scented soap and aniridia! The label on the back contains all the required details of the soap plus acknowledgement top Clarify for the kind gift.

12 bottles in a cardboard box, two on top showing the front and back labelsHe then found out about producing waterproof labels and used his own money to pay for them to be printed. Thank you Gavin!

Once another volunteer, Zoe, had stuck the labels on the bottles it was time to take them to Conference 2019 in Birmingham.

During the charity’s annual general meeting the official’s presented their annual reports. When it came to acknowledging the excellent efforts of those who had helped during the year, James recounted the story above. He then handed out a bottle of soap to each of the volunteers who were there as a present. They were very surprised and pleased with the gesture.

Fortuitously it was also the start of Volunteers’ Week, a chance to celebrate the fantastic contributions millions of volunteers make to organisations across the UK.

A big thank you to Clarity and everyone involved in this little project. Our ongoing immense gratitude to anyone who gives their time and skills to making Aniridia Network a success.

Aniridia Network logo, black iris flower, Hand wash, Clarity logoBack label, details below

Back label contents

Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide DEA, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat, Parfum (Fragrance with Natural Oils)*, Limonene*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid Benzyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf oil*, Panthenol (Provitamin B5)

*- a natural component of essential oils


  • Vitamin B5 for hydration and regeneration
  • Aloe Vera extract
  • Tea tree oil
  • No artificial colour
  • Suitable for vegans
  • Paraben free

Kindly donated by Clarity
Clarity Employment for Blind People is a registered charity number 210794 and one of the UK’s foremost social enterprises, employing training and supporting people with disabilities to creating-quality toiletries, soap and cleaning products.

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About Aniridia Network

A charity support group for people with the genetic visual impairment aniridia and their families in the UK and Ireland. Our vision is that people with/associated with aniridia are hopeful, confident, supported and well informed regarding aniridia. Founded in 2000. First registered as a charity in 2011 and fully in 2018.
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