Sanitary Towel Appeal for asylum seekers
Catherine Redfern // 13 August 2009
I’m now a regular volunteer at the New North London Synagogue monthly drop-in for destitute asylum seekers. The women who attend have fled traumas such as torture, rape, separation from their children or murder of family members. Month on month, I’ve seen dozens of these women plead for sanitary towels from a supply that is way insufficient. It is humbling and heartbreaking knowing these basic necessities are unaffordable. It is shocking they have to resort to newspaper and rags which cause nasty infections. For me, the PMT, pain and discomfort is bad enough! Add on having no sanitary towels and it becomes quite horrifying.
I recently joined JCORE in a role to offer practical help to asylum seekers and refugees. As one of my first tasks, I really want to secure a years supply of sanitary towels for the drop-in. It is so achievable with the 14p supermarket value packs from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
Would you be willing to add a pack or two to your next supermarket shop? Or could you donate just £1 to buy 7 packs?