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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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Free cancer course comes to Crawley

A leading cancer charity is hosting a free support course in Crawley for people with cancer and their close supporter.

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Penny Brohn UK’s two-day Living Well course takes place at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, West Green Drive, on 6 and 13 July, from 10am to 5.30pm.

The course addresses cancer’s physical and psychological impact and shows how healthy eating, exercise and relaxation can improve health and wellbeing, before, during and after medical treatment.

Penny Brohn UK Living Well regional partnership manager Supriya More said:

“Cancer can be overwhelming, but many small things can add up to make a big difference to the way people cope as they prepare for, undergo or recover from treatment.

“Our Living Well helps people take back some control of their lives.”

A recent course attendee added:

“I highly recommend this to everyone with cancer and those supporting them.

“If anything, it was more valuable to my husband (I’m the one with cancer) – it gave him the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation.”

With nearly 40 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine.

Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing.

The approach explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and managing stress, through free residential and day courses, one-to-one therapies, groups and national helpline.

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.

Places are limited and first come, first served. To attend the course you must book in advance by calling 0303 3000 118 or emailing bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk. For more information visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk.

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