New scheme to fight period poverty launched at King's Lynn college campus
West Norfolk MEP Alex Mayer has given her backing to a project which aims to tackle period poverty.
Miss Mayer visited the College of West Anglia's Lynn campus on Friday, to support its Red Box project.
The college has joined a national scheme which encourages people to donate sanitary products which can then be used by girls and young women who cannot afford them.
Research suggests that more than 137,000 students a year miss school or college because of the issue.
Miss Mayer said: "Period poverty is a real problem but sometimes it can be hidden. But when a young woman just can’t afford sanitary protection, what choices do they have?
"Use loo roll, or miss college to save embarrassment? Plus what if you’ve just forgotten to bring a tampon with you? Now that’s a thing of the past at the College of West Anglia thanks to this scheme.”
Andrew Gedge, the college's assistant principal, added: “According to Plan International UK, one in 10 girls are unable to afford sanitary products every month.
"We are committed to ending period poverty and working to eradicate the stigma that exists across the UK. We hope that with the launch of the new campaign we are able to provide free sanitary products to those who need it in order to ensure that each and every one of our students are able to access the education that they deserve.
"Our recent Ofsted report indicated that we have an inclusive and supportive college environment and this is an example of such an approach that benefits our fantastic student community.”
Donations to the project can be made at the college's main reception.