Donation helps Harrow group tackle period poverty in the area

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A community initiative working with schools across Harrow and Brent has received a £1,000 donation to help them continue their work tackling period poverty among teenage girls.

Red Box Project Harrow received the donation from Persimmon Homes North London through its Community Champions project. Every month, the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals through the match-funded scheme.

The group provides red boxes full of sanitary products free of charge to schools to support pupils in Harrow and Brent.

Persimmon Homes North London currently has a development at Harrow View West and is keen to support the local community.

Red Box Project Harrow spokeswoman Caroline Keise said: “The ethos behind the scheme is that no girl should miss education because of her period. This is not just a Third World issue, it is happening here and can have a tremendous impact on education, health and general quality of life for teenage girls.

“The term period poverty refers to having no access to sanitary products due to financial difficulties – products that many girls and women probably take for granted.

“We work closely with schools throughout Harrow and Brent to try to alleviate this problem and are grateful for the donation from Persimmon Homes North London.”

Damian Seddon, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes North London, said: ““We strongly believe in supporting the communities where we build, and it is good to know that our Community Champions donation can support such a worthwhile project in this way.”

To nominate and to find out about the terms and conditions people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity

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