Period Poverty donation point sees more than 200 donations - The Solihull Observer

Period Poverty donation point sees more than 200 donations

Solihull Editorial 14th Mar, 2024   0

A SOLIHULL insurance broker celebrated International Women’s Day with a special donation drive to help combat Period Poverty.

Howden Solihull hosted two Care for a Cuppa on March 8 where anyone who donated received a voucher for a free drink at The Woods.

Since the launch of the donation bank the Poplar Road business has been handed almost 250 period products including packs of tampons, pads, panty liners and other personal hygiene products, including a bag of donations from the local British Heart Foundation shop, Solihull Health Centre and Tesco High Street Solihull.

Collette Eccleston, senior insurance consultant at Howden Solihull said: “We’ve been completely overwhelmed by donations from so many in our community; the response has been incredible.

“We’re so grateful to everyone who brought along sanitary towels, tampons, other period products, and even those who donated their spare change towards our cause.

“It just goes to show how the Solihull community cares for one another, and how committed we all are to normalising conversations about menstruation – after all it’s a natural part of life that affects so many of us.

“Each item donated will go towards helping those that need to access the right period products and healthcare information they need.”

The team have collaborated with Gift Wellness, which hands out products to those who are homeless, in refugee camps, or simply cannot afford these essentials through its initiative Period Angels across the world and in the UK.

Dr. Zareen Roohi Ahmed, founder of Period Angels and founder and chief executive at Gift Wellness said: “Addressing period poverty is crucial, particularly here in the UK, where many struggle to access basic menstrual products. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Howden Solihull for their commitment to this cause.

“Their efforts ensure that individuals in communities across the UK can manage menstruation with dignity and without embarrassment. Together, we’re making a meaningful difference.”

For more or to donate visit Howden Solihull at 46 Poplar Road or call 0121 7111 711.


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