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The Cambridge Period Project - donating period products to the community

The Sexual and Reproductive Health Subcommittee’s campaign “The Cambridge Period Project” thats aims to tackle period poverty in Cambridge reaches beyond the University. This week, The Cambridge Period Project was able to donate 20 boxes of period supplies to a local housing charity, CHS Group Charitable Housing Association.

In the fall, the campaign raised over £200 to gather and distribute “Street Cramp” boxes. Street Cramps is a charity founded by Bimini Love to provide period products to individuals experiencing homelessness. The campaign used their fundraising money to create the same Street Cramps boxes and partnered with a Cambridge housing charity CHS to donate them. CHS serves individuals at risk of homelessness who expressed a need for period supplies.

This week, campaign members, Vanessa (left) and Stephanie (right), loaded the Street Cramps boxes into a car and drove them to the head CHS office. The CHS staff will distribute the boxes to individuals within the program.

Each box contains an array of period product supplies, including: 20 pack of super tampons, 20 pack of regular tampons, 14 pack of regular pads, 32 pack of regular liners, 2 adhesive heat pads for cramps, a travel deodorant, 60 count of baby wipes and 2 pairs of new underwear.

The campaign is looking forward to their future plans for fundraising and delivering more boxes!

A note from CHS business manager, Kristina Cairns:

Whilst local authority funding allows us to provide accommodation and support, we rely on the generosity of our local community to help us provide our residents with some basic essentials many of us take for granted. Feminine hygiene products, whilst an essential item for our female residents, sadly come second after essentials like food and clothing as they can be very expensive. However, thanks to a wonderful caring group of individuals, we have been able to ensure all our female residents receive what they need each month. Students for Global Health have set up a Street Cramps whose aim is to reduce period poverty in Cambridge, making period products more accessible to those who need them.

We are very grateful to The Cambridge Period Project for the work they do in helping our residents feel supported and valued by their local community.

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