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Towcester’s rugby girls band together to help end Period Poverty

Author: Ken Punter Published: 10th December 2019 12:35
Towcester’s rugby girls band together to help end Period Poverty Towcester’s rugby girls band together to help end Period Poverty

Girls at Towcester Centurions Rugby launched a Christmas collection of sanitary products on the 6th December, in a bid to help improve period poverty.

The 2019 Christmas Charitable Collection has been organised across all the club’s age groups this year (ages 10-18) and they are asking for donations of sanitary products tampons, pads and towels.

A survey by Plan International UK found that one in 10 (10%) of girls have been unable to afford sanitary products. The survey of 14 to 21-year old's also found that:

  • 15% have also struggled to afford sanitary wear.
  • 14% have had to ask to borrow sanitary wear from a friend due to affordability issues.
  • 12% has had to improvise sanitary wear due to affordability issues.
  • 19% of girls have changed to a less suitable sanitary product due to cost.

Team manager Donna Cockerill said that “Working on the front line in women’s services I see and hear some very sad stories. I’d like our girls to be aware of how a little help can go a long way to help other women feel valued and supported. We’ll send all donations to our local food banks.”

She added: “They are a diverse group of young women who play rugby at Towcestrians and they have come together and formed friendships through the love of the game. We have a short promotional video and local social media campaign which was launched a few days ago and has already had over 2,000 views.”

“We have been delighted by everyone's response and we’d love to see as many donations as possible. There are collection points in and around Towcester and further afield in South Northants and at Northampton General Hospital.

Donation Points:

  • The Butchers Arms, Greens Norton
  • Towcestrians RFC, Greens Norton Rd, Towcester
  • Sponne School, Towcester
  • Campion School, Bugbrooke
  • Magdalen School, Brackley
  • Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney
  • Sturtridge Ward, Northampton General Hospital
  • St Lawrence Church, Towcester,
  • St Bartholomew Church, Greens Norton


See the Towcester Centurions Girl’s Rugby Team 2019 Christmas appeal video

Did you know?

  • Girls experiencing period poverty are missing out on extracurricular activities such as sports because they cannot afford period products.
  • A study among schoolgirls was conducted by Always to understand what else, beyond their school education, is missed by those experiencing period poverty.
  • One in four girls have found themselves in an embarrassing public situation due to their period with no means of getting the necessary protection
  • 27% refusing to leave the home altogether because they cannot afford period products.
  • 25% of girls won’t visit the gym or participate in any sports when menstruating
  • 26% of girls avoid social situations because they cannot afford period products
  • 60% of girls with access to free period products at school have needed to use this supply
  • 38% of women who took part in after school activities said they have continued this hobby into adult life
  • 38% of women who took part in after school activities said they still know the friends they met there

#Periodpoverty #Endperiodpoverty #Periodpositive #Freeperiodstories

Towcestrians Rugby welcomes girls, boys, men and women. Whether you’re new to the sport, returning from a break, or have moved into the area they invite you to come and see what they’re about!


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