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In 2017, over 137,000 girls throughout the UK missed at least one day of school because they could not afford the sanitary products they needed. Research has also shown that young women who experience period poverty are also more likely to develop mental health issues. In response to these appalling figures, we teamed up with The Red Box Project, a charity run by volunteers who supply sanitary products to local schools, to start a two week campaign in September called ‘Throw the towel in’.

44 branches and agencies and all four office sites took part in the project, collecting over 1,000 sanitary packs and items for local schools. Our activity was also a way to raise awareness of this growing issue internally with colleagues as well as externally with customers and the general public. Louise Coles, Data, MI and Business Services Director said: “I’m really proud that the Society is raising awareness of an incredibly important, but often not spoken about, issue for girls and women today. It’s great to see colleagues and members of the public coming together to support a great cause to help stop girls missing out on their education.”

You can read more about the brilliant work The Red Box Project do here: redboxproject.org.

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