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    Weʼve raised £3,441 to continue the work of the Red Box Project Hackney North & Stoke Newington, a scheme providing free menstrual items to young women in the area

    London Borough of Hackney, London, UK
    Funded on Thursday, 6th June 2019

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    We are volunteers with a community-based initiative called the Red Box Project, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing free menstrual protection. We are started our project in Stoke Newington in February and we have quickly grown across north Hackney. We now have 60 boxes in 50 schools, colleges and youth clubs/ services in the area.

    The project is a simple but effective scheme to provide young people with free menstrual protection if they cannot access their own. Every school that signs up to the free scheme receives a red box filled with menstrual items donated by the community to be kept by the School Nurse or other appropriate member of staff. Students can access this box at any time and take from it what they need - providing them with the reassurance that they will be protected throughout their menstrual cycle.

    Halfway down inside of the box are our contact details so that when supplies fall below this level, a member of staff can either call or email us. The box is then replenished by us within 48 hours. This is a free service to any school who signs up with us and we will never let the box run out.

    No tearful panics in the loo. No wadded up toilet roll. No missed lessons or staying at home. No anxious embarrassment. We believe that all women should be provided with the assurance that having their period is perfectly normal and that the comfort that menstrual protection provides is vital.

    We need your help to meet the costs of running the project - our main cost is the red boxes themselves, but we also need to pay for black pants (we include these in the boxes in a variety of sizes), brown paper bags (so items can be taken from the boxes discreetly) and any menstrual items we need that aren’t available from our donated stock. We are also currently meeting the costs of storing your extraordinary donations of period products in a storage unit, having reached complete capacity in our homes!

    As well as donating cash, we are of course reliant on generous donations of menstrual products from our local community and via our Amazon Wishlist without which we could not continue. Please do check out our Facebook page for more details of local donation points.

    If you would like to help us by volunteering your time, we would love to hear from you!

    Many thanks for your support!

    Gemma, Elise and Eleonora, Coordinators of The Red Box Project Hackney North and Stoke Newington

    email: theredboxprojecthackneynorth@gmail.com

    Facebook: @RedBoxProjectHackneyNorth

    Instagram: @theredboxproject_hackneynorth

    Twitter: @RedBoxHackneyN

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    • Gemma Abbott5 months ago
      Gemma Abbott

      Gemma Abbott

      5 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      Because of your extraordinary generosity, and in light of the Government stepping up to provide free period products in schools from January 2020, we are no longer in need of financial donations and will close our crowdfunding page. With your donations, we have been able to provide (and keep stocked) more than sixty boxes of free period products to Hackney schools - and we’re still going! We couldn’t have done it without you, so thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. You are incredible ❤️

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    • Gemma Abbott1 year ago
      Gemma Abbott

      Gemma Abbott

      1 year ago
      Update from the Page owner

      With much love and our deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Hayley, from us all at the Red Box Project xxx

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    Supporters

    130

    • Katy Lindemann

      Katy Lindemann

      May 1, 2019

      £5.00

    • christine

      christine

      May 1, 2019

      £10.00

    • alexandra peto

      alexandra peto

      May 1, 2019

    • Sarah Crowhurst

      Sarah Crowhurst

      May 1, 2019

      £3.00

    • Katy Lindemann

      Katy Lindemann

      Apr 1, 2019

      £5.00

    • christine

      christine

      Apr 1, 2019

      £10.00

    • alexandra peto

      alexandra peto

      Apr 1, 2019

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    London Borough of Hackney, London, UK

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