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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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Don’t miss out on the Lymphoedema Awareness Workshop at Crawley Hospital

The workshop is being held in March.

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As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week 2019, which is 3rd – 9th March, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is holding a Lymphoedema Information and Education Workshop on Wednesday 6th March 2-4 p.m at
The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, Wentworth House, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH.

This workshop will be led by Yvette Jordan, UK Lymphology Clinics Training Director and she will be supported by Olive Tree volunteer therapists Anna Parsons and Juliette Cross.

Affecting 1 in 5 patients, lymphoedema is a distressing condition and a known side effect of cancer treatment. It is caused because the flow of fluid within the lymphatic system has been disrupted because of surgery and having lymph nodes removed. 

This makes it harder for the lymph fluid to drain away which means that this excess fluid can then build up between the tissues and cause swelling of the arm, leg or surrounding area. 

Lymphoedema can develop weeks, months or even years after cancer treatment but early diagnosis by healthcare professionals and treatment by specialist lymphoedema therapists can help to reduce the severity of the condition.

Attendance will be of great value to anyone affected by cancer, including patients and healthcare professionals and will provide everything they need to know about lymphoedema. 

Topics covered will include:

• What is Lymphoedema?

• How does Lymphoedema happen?

• Who is most at risk?

• Recognising clinical signs of early Lymphoedema

• Best methods and early applications for a preventative approach

• Questions and answers

Yvette Jordan, who will be leading the workshop said:

“Much more awareness is needed with early intervention which is essential to help patients manage this disabling disease”.

To book your place on this informative workshop for 2-4 p.m. please call 01293 534465

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