Yorkshire Building Society urges public to throw the towel in to end period poverty

A number of Yorkshire Building Society offices, branches and agencies around the country are urging people to throw the towel in to help the tens of thousands of young women regularly missing school every month due to period poverty.

The Society has organised the collections in partnership with The Red Box Project, a charity which provides free sanitary products to schools.

The Red Box Project was founded in March 2017 and now has over 740 Red Boxes in schools and education centres up and down the UK as well as three in the USA and one in Canada.

Liesl Rose, co-founder of the Red Box Project said: “Research has found that at some point one in ten young women have been unable to afford sanitary products, and one in seven have been forced to borrow money just so they can buy the most basic items. This is unacceptable and should not happen in 2018.

“We’re delighted that Yorkshire Building Society has joined The Red Box Project’s fight to ensure that young women can get through their periods with the dignity they deserve. No-one should have to miss out on their education or anything else simply because they have their period.”

Contributions towards the sanitary product collection can be made up until Friday, September 7.

Pauline Giroux, Corporate Responsibility Manager for Yorkshire Building Society, said: “It’s shameful that young women are missing out on their education because of this issue and we’re determined to do what we can as a community to solve this problem. Sanitary products are not a luxury that should only be available to those who can afford them – they’re a necessity. So, we’re encouraging people to give what they can to help such a worthy cause.

“At Yorkshire Building Society, we passionately believe in supporting young people in need either through collections like this for The Red Box Project or through our financial education programme, Money Minds and our partnership with End Youth Homelessness.”

 For more information about The Red Box Project and other donation station locations please visit www.redboxproject.org

 

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