Stevenage women continue to fight against period poverty with latest campaign

PUBLISHED: 06:57 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 07:11 02 August 2018

Sanya Masood and Sophie Harrold have launched their ninth campaign to collect sanitary products for vulnerable women.

Sanya Masood and Sophie Harrold have launched their ninth campaign to collect sanitary products for vulnerable women.

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Two Stevenage women have launched their ninth campaign to collect sanitary products to give to women who are vulnerable.

Friends Sanya Masood and Sophie Harrold set up a project called A Bloody Good Cause in 2015, prompted by a campaign called The Homeless Period – which was calling on the government to give homeless shelters an allowance to buy sanitary products.

Since then, they have collected thousands of tampons and sanitary towels to give to homeless shelters, women’s refuges, organisations which support refugees, and schoolgirls who would otherwise go without menstrual products.

Their latest campaign is supporting Trevi House – a drug and alcohol residential rehabilitation centre that works exclusively with mothers and their children.

As well as sanitary towels and tampons, Sanya and Sophie are also collecting nappies during this campaign, which will run until mid-August.

Sanya said: “As Trevi House does not receive any funding from the government in respect of sanitary products, we are thrilled to be working with them to keep their stock cupboards bursting with sanitary towels and tampons, as well as nappies.”

Trevi House chief executive Hannah Shead said: “We are not only changing the lives of mothers, but also their children.

“I feel passionately that this society should be doing as much as possible to help the more vulnerable within our community.

“While the focus of our work is around drug and alcohol addiction, the brutal reality is that the women we support are all too often survivors of both sexual and domestic violence.

“The women who come to Trevi are remarkable women who fight every day to be the best mothers they can be.”

If you would like to support Sanya and Sophie’s sanitary products collection, visit their Facebook page ‘A Bloody Good Cause’ and send them a message or post a comment. Alternatively, you can email abloodygoodcause@hotmail.com.

Sanya said: “People have shown us incredible support over the last three years and we would love it if they could help us with their donations once again this summer.”

To find out more about A Bloody Good Cause, visit abloodygoodcause.wordpress.com.

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