Our Story

I qualified as a registered nurse in 1976 and worked in various hospital departments before moving into palliative care in 1996. I have worked for the NHS, Marie Curie and was a Macmillan Nurse all of which I enjoyed. In 2004 I moved into teaching as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University in the School of Health and Social Care where I have been fortunate enough to teach new generations of nurses.

In 2018 I attended a nursing conference including a workshop on poverty. I wanted to know the facts about Universal Credits and left feeling I needed to do something personally to help people in need. I did some research and failed to find anywhere that gave donations in the form of toiletries. With the support of the leadership team in the University Dignity Boxes was born.

What we do

We became a registered charity in December 2018 and in this first year we have made many connections. Our target was to work with 20 organisations by the end of year one and we have excelled this and are now planning year two. We have Dignity Boxes across West Lothian and the City of Edinburgh but continue to have a waiting list. We discover more organisations every month that work with people in poverty and that would benefit from your donations.

Donation boxes are also situated in a variety of communities, small business and larger companies across Lothian.

Meet the Board

Isabel Dosser

Founder & CEO

Isabel is the founder of Dignity Boxes and has worked as a nurse for 30 years before moving into teaching as a nurse lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University. Isabel retires in September of 2019 and will be working on expanding the charity over the next few years. She considers herself fortunate to have had a rewarding career and is looking forward to this new chapter in her life.

Alison Punnett


Has worked in fundraising for twenty years in a variety of organisations across the third sector and she has also spent time in the Higher Education sector.

Dr. Anne Williams


Anne is a nurse lecturer at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and has her own business working with people living with Lymphoedema and Lipoedema.

Liane Maitland


Liane has 25 years experience working in business at a senior level in Human Resources across a variety of sectors, including the not for profit sector. She is now a psychotherapeutic counselor and combines running a private practice with freelance consultancy work in organisations.

Alan Preston


Is the owner and manager of an Ironmongers “Catani’s” in Anniesland Glasgow. Catani’s is an institution which has been open for fifty years. Alan has been part of this for over thirty years starting as a young man and progressing to buy the business when the original owner retired.


Trustees’ Annual Report and Accounts For the Period 21st December 2018 - 30th September 2019