Hertfordshire Constabulary has given its support to a nationwide initiative which helps support young women experiencing ‘period poverty’.
The Red Box Project seeks to provide free sanitary products to local schools ensure that no young woman misses out on education during a period, because they cannot afford to buy products themselves.
As part of the constabulary’s commitment to the project, a collection point has been set up in the front office at Watford police station, for people to donate products and underwear.
The charity is looking for the following items to be donated; sanitary towels, tampons, feminine wipes/baby wipes, knickers, black tights and pouches for discretion.
The project was initiated in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to give young women in their local access to sanitary products.
After reading about ‘period poverty’ they were angered that young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford products needed during their period.
PCSO Sandra Smith, who is coordinating the project locally, said: “The number of young girls who say they have missed school because they couldn’t afford sanitary products is startling. But, for the price of a cup of coffee, you can help make a real difference to a young woman’s life by donating to the Red Box Project.”
For more information visit http://redboxproject.org/