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Campaign to end ‘period poverty’ puts red boxes across Preston

Posted on - 11th October, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
One of the red boxes in Morrisons in Blackpool Road
One of the red boxes in Morrisons in Blackpool Road

Red boxes positioned across supermarkets and other buildings in the city will be helping tackle ‘period poverty’.

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An estimated one in seven young girls and women aged 14-21 are said to be struggling to afford sanitary products.

Now Preston City Council has joined a national campaign to ensure those who feel they can’t afford sanitary products don’t miss school or work because of their periodic cycle.

More than half of those surveyed in 2017 by Plan International UK were said to have missed days learning or working because of their period.

The campaign wants to ensure young girls and young women on lower incomes can afford to keep their dignity.

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Red Box Project: Preston relies on donations of sanitary towels, tampons, underwear and tights which can then be distributed to schools in the city and to community groups to distribute.

Councillor Jade Morgan, member champion for women, said: “To coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl on 11th October, it seems fitting to bring attention to the issue of Period Poverty.

“We are currently working with businesses, community centres and schools to help with the financial and emotional burden young girls face every day.”

Where are the collection points?

Morrisons Deepdale
Town Hall, Preston
St Joseph’s School
UCLan health and social care building
Kingsfold pharmacy
Continental pub

Any business, community centre or school wishing to be a collection point should email rbppreston@hotmail.com

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