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Join the fight against period poverty with FreePeriods Baldock scheme

PUBLISHED: 10:41 27 September 2018

Becky Thompson has joined the fight against period poverty with her new scheme, FreePeriods Baldock. Picture: Becky Thompson

Becky Thompson has joined the fight against period poverty with her new scheme, FreePeriods Baldock. Picture: Becky Thompson

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A Baldock woman has been collecting donations of sanitary products to distribute in public toilets around the town, in a bid to help the battle against period poverty.

Becky Thompson started collecting donations towards the cause last month and has already seen results beyond what she was expecting.

Starting with just a Facebook page, Becky appealed for help with donations of sanitary products or money via a GoFundMePage to buy them herself.

Her initial post said: “There are girls missing school because they can’t afford sanitary products. There are homeless women that can’t get access to these products. Something we take for granted can make such a difference.”

According to research by Plan International UK – a charity dedicated to children’s rights and equality for girls worldwide – one in 10 girls have been unable to afford pads or tampons, and one in seven have struggled to afford it.

Research also revealed that 12 per cent of girls have had to improvise sanitary wear due to the expense.

Becky said: “I have three daughters and it horrified me to think that there are girls missing vital education just because they couldn’t afford sanitary protection.

“I had seen a few reports in the news about it all and decided to see if it could do something locally to help.

“I didn’t for one second think that it would snowball as much as it has done. The generosity of the local community has been amazing both financially through the go fund me page and physically through donation of products.”

Becky has gained the backing of businesses and organisations including Stylus Lounge, The HollyBlue Children’s centre, Knights Templar Sports Centre, as well as Knights Templar sixth form – alongside a whole school trial – and has a meeting with Tesco set up.

Becky will also be distributing products to The Haven in Stevenage, which provides shelter and support for people experiencing homelessness in Stevenage and North Herts.

To get in touch with Becky about the project or to donate products, search FreePeriods Baldock on Facebook.

To donate to the GoFundMe page, go to uk.gofundme.com/fighting-against-period-poverty. All donations are used to purchase sanitary products.

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