Last Saturday, the bold and the beautiful gathered above The Railway Hotel to help fight period poverty. We wore red, we danced to an all female playlist and we raffled off prizes donated by independent women-owned businesses. But most importantly, we raised over £200 for Bloody Good Period, collected a mountain of sanitary products and toiletries and got everyone talking about periods and period poverty, which is the first step to removing the stigma and shame surrounding the issue.
I met some wonderful new people and I am completely overwhelmed by the effort my friends went to not just to attend but help out in any way they could. After I made a glittery seven foot long Bloody Disgrace banner, Charlotte was going to be damned if she couldn’t get thing to hang straight!
I have already posted about the night on Instagram but I wanted to say a massive THANK YOU again to Lucy, Mark and Ruth for giving up their time and skills to play the best set lists I have EVER heard, The Railway for letting me have the venue, Black and Beech, Essex Mama, Some Home Truths, Out Loud Studio, Fuck the Tories, House of Addams and Deep Breaths Collective for their generous donations, Rosemary for providing the red sparkles and to everyone who attended and donated or wasn’t able to attend but still donated!
While I am so grateful for what we achieved on Saturday, period poverty and hygiene poverty are still very much prevalent issues and we are a long way from eradicating them. So, the next time you do your food shopping, please think about the food bank collection boxes that are in most supermarkets or those little hotel and gift set miniatures that you are never going to use because someone else will. There are so many things we can all do. Sanitary towels, shower gel and a toothbrush should not be considered a luxury but for some, they are.
To find out what you can do to help, read my previous posts on this issue.