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£10,000 lottery grant for period pants!

Following on from a successful pilot with Marjon students, Plymouth Soroptimist Ann Keelan successfully secured a £10,000 lottery grant to roll out the distribution of period pants to local women. Hundreds of local women will now have the opportunity to put an end to ‘period poverty’ thanks to this generous lottery grant. 

The pants are reusable and therefore environmentally friendly and the aim is to encourage, support and normalise the use of reusable period products in place of unsustainable single-use pads and tampons. 

The Plymouth Soroptimist club will be working with other local women’s groups to distribute the pants, in particular with Sunflower Women’s Centre and Trevi.

The lottery cheque was presented to Plymouth Soroptimists by Johnny Mercer MP who has a long standing association with Trevi.

Soroptimist Ann Keelan spearheaded the successful lottery grant application.  She said: “We’re absolutely delighted that we’re going to be able to help so many women who struggle to pay for period products, while at the same time encouraging a sustainable long term solution to end the use of disposable pads and tampons.  We are extremely grateful to national lottery players who have made this initiative possible.”

Care leavers gift boxes

Youngsters leaving the local care system and setting up on their own will be presented with a box of useful items and a Tesco gift voucher.  From the legacy fund we are allocating £50 per box to include the contents and gift voucher.  This will be an ongoing project in conjunction with the key social workers who will deliver the boxes to care leavers as they embark on their independent lives.