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Red Box Project in Crawley gets boost to help stop girls missing school because of periods

No girl should have to miss school because she has her period. Sadly, as many as one in ten girls miss out on their education because they cannot afford sanitary products.

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Co-op gave a donation of £3000 and hundreds on sanitary products.

Aimed at stamping out the detrimental effects of period poverty is the Red Box Project.

The initiative was launched in March 2017 by three friends who wanted to provide young women in their local area access to sanitary products.

The project has been escalating across the country and there are now 1926 red boxes providing sanitary products and more than 1700 donations points throughout the UK.

Holly Davidson set up the local Red Box.  She said:

“Crawley and Horsham have become involved in the initiative, I have set up the project, volunteering my time outside of my family and “normal” job.

Red Box Project Crawley has over 15 drop off points across local businesses and supermarkets.
I now have Red Boxes in 7 schools and 2 Crawley youth centres. This week the Co-op gave us a very generous donation of £3000 and hundreds on sanitary products, so I hope to reach even more schools!”

“The red boxes include a variety of different sanitary items, tights and knickers, as well as discreet paper bags for girls to fill with and packets they need, no questions asked.

Since starting the project I have truly realised the importance of the Red Box Project initiative in helping alleviate period poverty that is affecting so many girls and young women in the UK.

It’s so simple but can make a huge difference to girls in period poverty by enabling them to attend school. I’ve been blown away by the support from the local community so far.”

The response from girls utilising the box has been phenomenal too.

One student simply said: “It makes school more comfortable during that time of the month.”

Teachers are grateful for the boxes too, knowing it’s reaching girls who need it most.

Oriel High School have a donations point too which teachers regularly donate too.

You can find out more, donate, or put Red Box Project Crawley and Horsham in touch with a school that would like a box, on Facebook- Red Box Project Crawley and Horsham.

Or if you work in a school that would like to be supported with a red box you can email them at: redboxcrawley@gmail.com

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Local NHS urging locals to get jab as flu rates shoot up 85%

The local NHS is urging people to get their flu jab and highlighting treatment advice, after flu cases shot up by 85 per cent within the space of a week in England.

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Health bosses warn this winter’s influenza outbreak is now beginning to take hold and urging those eligible to get their flu jab now – GP consultation rate in the South East for flu like illnesses has risen from 10.3 per 100,000 to 14.2 in just one week, which is adding more pressure on local health services.

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can be a very unpleasant illness with symptoms including fever, stuffy nose dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints and extreme tiredness, which can often last several days.

Flu can’t be treated with antibiotics – flu is caused by viruses and antibiotics only work against bacteria.

Those who get the flu will get better more quickly if they:

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep
  • Make sure they keep warm
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

Gareth Howells, Deputy Director of Urgent Care and Systems Resilience for Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance-North, said

The best form of protection against flu is to get the vaccine, and to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene. It isn’t too late to get the flu vaccine so make sure you take up the offer if you’re eligible, to protect yourself and vulnerable people around you.

“We are advising those who already have flu-like symptoms to rest, drink plenty of water and take paracetamol where needed.”

In order to reduce the impact of flu on local NHS services, residents and visitors to the city are being asked to make sure they use the right service for their medical needs, freeing up emergency care for those most in need.

The NHS Minor Injuries Unit Queen Victoria Hospital and Horsham Hospital are available for treatment without appointments; the Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital is also available 24 hours a day, NHS 111 is available all day every day and www.nhs.uk is available to check symptoms online around the clock.

A pharmacist can also help with flu, offering treatment advice and recommend flu remedies, and give guidance on giving medicines to children. No appointment necessary to see a local pharmacist and most have private consultation areas, and will say if you need further medical attention. fffffffffffff

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