A new project in North Devon is helping provide sanitary products to girls in need.

The Red Box Project is part of a nationwide scheme, and will see boxes of products put in North Devon schools to help combat period poverty.

Jody Rogers, 22, project coordinator in North Devon, said she was shocked to find out many young girls in this country were missing an education because of their period.

She became involved in The Red Box project in July and is holding an awareness event at Sainsbury’s in Barnstaple next weekend.

The mother-of-two said: “What’s really amazing about the project is the focus on period poverty means we’re allowing young people to access as much as they need for their entire period.

“I think it’s really upsetting young girls are missing out on an education because of something so natural.

“I can understand it in third world countries that don’t have access to even food or water, but in a country that is so rich I just can’t understand why it is happening.

“One in 10 girls in this country are found to be in period poverty and up to 49 per cent of girls are missing at least a whole day of school because of their period.

“I’ve got a daughter who’s nearly six months old and I just think if I can be part of the change for the next generation, that would be amazing.”

More than 13 businesses across North Devon are now hosting collection bins for sanitary products and underwear.

Three schools have signed up to the scheme so far: Park Community School; Pilton Community College; and South Molton Community College.

The Red Box Project will be hosting an awareness event in the Sainsbury’s foyer all day on Saturday, September 22, where people can donate products, take part in a tampon raffle, and hang up a pair of underwear to say ‘pants to period poverty’.

Morag Disney, customer trading manager at Sainsbury’s in Barnstaple, said: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic and people have given really positive feedback about it already.”

To host a donation box email Jody on theredboxprojectnorthdevon@gmail.com. Donate at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theredboxprojectndevon or visit ‘The Red Box Project - North Devon’ Facebook page.