Bloody Good Period: Temple Fortune campaigner Gabby Edlin calls for period poverty action
PUBLISHED: 17:24 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:18 30 November 2018
Two years ago, Temple Fortune's Gabby Edlin was outraged to discover women's sanitary products weren't routinely handed out by food banks and drop-in centres.
So she decided to see if she couldn’t collect some pads and tampons and deliver them to pick-up points for vulnerable women herself.
A Facebook post attracted support, and then things snowballed.
A couple of years later she is running the Bloody Good Period organisation, who have – she thinks – helped to deliver over 700,000 products to vulnerable women.
Gabby, 32, told this newspaper: “We started just over two years ago. I was volunteering at a drop-in centre when I realised the lack of sanitary products available.
“There were some, but only available if you asked for them or it was an emergency.
“No-one’s going to ask continually. And then it’s always an emergency if you don’t have the products you need!”
Bloody Good Period has a dual function: As well as working on the ground to get period products to those who need them Gabby and her team of around 100 volunteers want people to be up front about periods, and for the Government to step up, too.
Gabby said: “It’s just a bodily function. We give products to over 1000 women a month, but this shouldn’t be a community responsibility.
“It should be part of the welfare state. It’s the government’s responsibility.”
Bloody Good Period also makes sure to talk to the women they’re helping.
Gabby said: “Nobody was asking these vulnerable women about what they actually needed.
“When we started we had lots of tampons, but while they are widely used in the western world, it’s not the same elsewhere.”
The Bloody Good Period team were featured in a short film made by Facebook earlier this year, and Gabby said it was important to spotlight the work of so many volunteers.
She said: “It was really brilliant to be able to showcase these incredible young women.”
From an Alexandra Palace storage centre, Gabby and her team use an Amazon wishlist which anyone can use to donate.
For more details see bloodygoodperiod.com