North Devon Councillors have thrown their support behind a project tackling period poverty in North Devon.

Thirteen district councillors clubbed together to donate £700 towards the Red Box Project, which provides free sanitary products in schools.

The Red Box Project is a nationwide, community funded initiative to provide young people with access to free sanitary products to help end period poverty.

In North Devon, the project is being spear-headed by co-ordinator Jody Rogers, who felt saddened to hear how many young girls missed school because of their period.

According to research made last year by Plan UK, one in 10 young women do not have access to sanitary products in the UK and 49 percent of girls miss at least a whole day of school because of their period.

The grant money will be put into expanding the project even further enabling the project team to purchase more donation bins, more red boxes and produce more promotional materials to help spread the word.

The grant will also be used to pay for a storage facility so that they can organise the donations more efficiently.

Head of corporate and community services at NDC, Ken Miles, said: “Our councillors and staff will also be supporting the project by providing their own donations through a collection box within our offices.”

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Jody added: “Speaking on behalf of The Red Box Project North Devon, I would like to say how sincerely grateful we are to have our local council helping us to fund our community initiative in providing young people with the access to free sanitary wear.

“Period poverty is a real issue that is happening right now in the UK and to have councillors of North Devon supporting our work is incredibly important to us.”

By the end of September, three schools in North Devon will have received a red box: The Park Community School, Pilton College and South Molton College.

The grant funding has been given by Councillors Biederman, Bradford, Chugg, Croft, Flynn, Leaver, Luggar, Mackie, Mathews, Meadlarkin, Patrinos, Tucker and Webber from North Devon Council. The councillors have each donated a portion of their Community Councillor Grant allocation to the charity.

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